Opa-Locka Hotel, pencil and watercolor on illustration board. Signed “Bernhardt E. Muller / Architect / New York Opa-Locka,” 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 beautiful illustration for an exotic hotel resembles Chinese pagodas, but it was never actualized.

From the Bernhardt E. Muller Collection.