Few People Realize That Florida Has Some Of The Nation’s Most Beautiful Buildings

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Florida isn’t just the land of beaches, swamps, orange juice, and Miami Vice. Despite the hurricanes and other environmental restrictions, this state is home to amazing architectural accomplishments. Some of the hotels in Florida are worth visiting regardless if you stay or not. Have you visited any of these wondrous buildings?

1. The Baughman Center

“This center consists of two buildings located along Lake Alice on the University of Florida campus. The main building is a 1,500-square-foot (140 m2) nondenominational chapel or pavilion, while the other one is an 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) administrative building. The chapel has seating for 96 people and is used for silent meditation, private contemplation, weddings,funerals and memorial services as well as a venue for small musical or performing arts events.”

Via Flickr | Amanda

2. The Dali Museum

This museum is in St. Petersburg, FL is a place to view fine arts, such as those from MC Escher and (surprise) Salvador Dali.

Via Flickr | Matthew Paulson

3. Mandi’s Chapel

This chapel was dedicated to the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, Camp Weed, Live Oak, in 1995. Many weddings are held there.

Via Flickr | Christopher Schmitt
Via Flickr | Christopher Schmitt

4. The Dodd Hall Library

This library is a part of the Florida State University in Tallahassee. Although, it’s hard to tell if it’s a library, or a castle.

Via Flickr | Matthew Stinson
Via Flickr | Stephenie Schukraft

5. The University of North Florida

UNF has a Student Union building that makes a statement all on its own.

Via Wikimedia

6. Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau

This is perhaps one of the beach’s most historically and architecturally significant hotels. Built in 1954, this hotel is considered the most significant accomplishment for the architect, Morris Lapidus.

Via Flickr | Wally Gobetz

7. The Breakers hotel

This hotel was modeled according to the Italian-Renaissance era, and is known as one of the most luxurious hotels in Palm Beach.

Via Flickr | Wally Gobetz
Via Flickr | Wally Gobetz

8. Florida Southern College

FSC has an amazing campus auditorium designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Via Flickr | Josh Hallett
Via Flickr | Nick Stanley

9. An amazing quasi-dome style home in Pensacola Beach, Florida.

Via Flickr | Matt Billings

10. Of course, we can’t forget the famous EPCOT Center, in Orlando.

Via Flickr | Andy Castro

11. The Freedom Tower

This tower, located in Miami, is currently a contemporary art museum and a central office to different disciplines in the arts associated with Miami Dade College.

Via Flickr | Bob B. Brown

12. The Biltmore Hotel

Located in Coral Gables, Florida, this hotel features Mediterranean style suites, and is a favored venue for high society events.

Via Flickr | Milan Boers

13. The Daytona Beach Bandshell

This amphitheater was introduced to improve the “Broadwalk” (Now Boardwalk) of Daytona Beach. It was completed in 1938, and is used for regular open-air concerts and other performances.

Via Flickr | Moultrie Creek

14. The Gamble Mansion

Located in Ellenton, this mansion is also known as the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park. “It consists of the antebellum mansion developed by its first owner, Major Robert Gamble; a 40,000-gallon cistern to provide the household with fresh water; and 16 acres (65,000 m2) of the former sugar plantation.”

Via Flickr | Roger W

15. Futuro House

This amazing home is located in Santa Rosa Island. Less than 100 of these prefabricated homes, designed by Matti Suuronin, were built in the 1960’s and 1970’s in random locations.

Via Flickr | Ken Ratcliff

16. Ca’ d’Zan

This “Mediterranean Revival residence in Sarasota, Florida, was the winter home of the American circus owner, developer and art collector John Ringling and his wife Mable. Lovers of the Venetian aesthetic, the Ringlings chose the site overlooking Sarasota Bayfor its vista, which reminded them of the lagoon of their favorite city.”

Via Flickr | Walter

17. The Orlando Convention Center

Also known as the Orange County Convention Center, it is the primary public convention center for the Central Florida region.

Via Flickr | slack12

18. This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Disney World.

This giant amusement park alone is an architectural wonder. But perhaps one of the most notable buildings in the park is Cinderella’s Castle.

Via Flickr | Mark McQuitty