Oriental Architecture at “Opaloca” Miami, Opa-Locka, FL, 1928.

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Jesse Wooley, photographer.

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.

The photograph shows a full image of an exotic Administration Building at Opa-Locka.

From the Floyd and Marion Rinhart Collection.