First Church of Christ, Scientist / Opaloka, Florida. Signed “Bernhardt E. Muller / Architect / New York City, NY,” undated.

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By Bernhardt E. Muller, Architect.

Developer Glenn Curtiss and architect Bernhardt E. Muller created an architectural fantasy when they based their designs for the city of Opa-Locka on tales from The Arabian Nights. However, due to the Hurricane of 1926 and the following Florida State real estate crash, a great portion of the construction plans were never followed through. Twenty of the existing buildings are now in the National Register of Historic Places.

This simple illustration is a remarkable contrast to Bernhardt Muller’s fantastic designs for Opa-Locka. The drawing was a possible proposition for a memorial for Glenn H. Curtiss, aviation pioneer and city developer of Opa-Locka, Miami Springs, and Hialeah.

From the Bernhardt E. Muller Collection.