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#FloridaSummerSketchTour: Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables
Virtual Sketching with the ICAA FLORIDA CHAPTER
Hosted by the Florida Chapter
Join us for our Florida Summer Sketch Tour, a weekly virtual sketching exercise.
This week’s subject: Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables
Built in 1926 as the elegant centerpiece of developer George Merrick’s “City Beautiful,” Coral Gables. The Biltmore Hotel was designed by renowned architect Leonard Schultze and S. Fullerton Weaver, who also designed the Atlanta & Los Angeles Biltmores, New York’s Grand Central Terminal, Miami Beach’s Nautilus Hotel, and the Miami Daily News Tower (Freedom Tower).
The design is Mediterranean Revival based predominantly on Spanish style with Moorish and Italian accents, and in keeping with traditional European grand hotels, Old World charm permeates the property and is consistent with the architectural style of the affluent homes of Coral Gables. Throughout the property there are colonnades, hand-painted ceiling beams, open air courtyards, fountains, balconies, balustrades, decorative tile, and terrazzo floors. Modeled after the Moorish style Giralda Tower in Seville, the Biltmore was one of the most fashionable resorts in the entire country in its heyday. It boasted a 400-room hotel, country club, championship golf course, polo fields, tennis courts, and an enormous 150 by 225 foot swimming pool where 3,000 spectators came to watch synchronized swimmers, alligator wrestlers and high diving competitions on Sundays. During 1942-1968, the War Department converted the Biltmore to a hospital for Army Air Forces and Veterans. In 1973, following intense lobbying, the City of Coral Gables was granted ownership of the hotel through the Historic Monuments Act and Legacy of Parks Program. In 1983, the City initiated a full restoration of the Biltmore to its former glory as a grand hotel. The Biltmore was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996 and today now operates as a 273-room hotel and resort.
Here’s how it works:
- Select an image or visit the location if possible for a Plein Air sketch
- Using any medium you like, sketch or paint one or more images/views.
- Snap a photo of your illustration and post it to your Instagram account or email to email@example.com with the following tags BY MONDAY AUGUST 31 at midnight:
We’ll be searching for those tags and may feature your #floridasummersketchtour image on our Instagram page on Tuesday!
Ends MONDAY, August 31st at midnight.