Mission: Miami design preservation league, inc. (mdpl) is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental, and architectural integrity of the miami beach architectural historic district and all other areas of the city of miami beach where historic preservation is a concern. It was originally organized by barbara capitman in 1976 and is the oldest art deco society in the world. Mdpl provides cultural and educational programs to dade county residents, surrounding counties, citizens of florida and to national and international visitors and tourists. Our programs are developed for the general public and have special appeal to those interested in art, design, architecture, history, preservation, urban and community planning and development.
Programs: The annual art deco weekend festival, which traditionally takes place in january, is the organization's primary educational and cultural event, which celebrates and promotes the history and architectural heritage of miami beach. The festival includes an array of educational exhibits, a film and lecture series, music and street entertainment, guided architectural tours, a children's theater, a vintage car parade, and many vendors offering deco-inspired art, vintage merchandise, and crafts. This festival serves as the conduit to promote our mission and showcase the collection of over 1000 buildings of the same architectural style and educate the public on the importance of preservation and protection. Mdpl is the steward of the art deco historic district, the first 20 century architecture registered in the national register of historic places.
the art deco gift shop specializes in period merchandising. Ninety percent of the merchandise is either original period items, reproductions or new and modern with a flavor of the past. It is important to maintain the shop with this type of merchandise in order to educate and promote our mission to every single person that walks into the shop, as well as making sure they take home with them a reminder of our mission and purpose in the form of mementos for themselves and to give as gifts.
the art deco visitor center/ welcome center, is the home base of our architectural historic tours, both guided and self guided (audio) and is committed to providing a variety of services to the residents and visitors of our city. The center educates visitors and residents about the miami beach art deco architectural historic district and fosters an appreciation for the community's heritage and style, which, in turn, facilitates the mdpl mission of preserving, promoting and protecting the cultural, social, economic and architectural integrity of the historic district.