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Art Deco District Turns 35 On Historic Registry

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MIAMI BEACH- JANUARY 28: Art Deco hotels are seen on the famed Ocean Drive strip on January 28, 2009 in Miami Beach, Florida. As the economic downturn continues the number of tourist visiting the Miami-Dade area has seen a dip as indicated by the hotel occupancy for the month of December 2008 it dropped by 8.5 percent, the market's worst showing since September 2006.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI BEACH- JANUARY 28: Art Deco hotels are seen on the famed Ocean Drive strip on January 28, 2009 in Miami Beach, Florida. As the economic downturn continues the number of tourist visiting the Miami-Dade area has seen a dip as indicated by the hotel occupancy for the month of December 2008 it dropped by 8.5 percent, the market’s worst showing since September 2006. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) – South Beach’s unmistakably unique style, known as Art Deco, turns 35 on the historic registry this month.

Art Deco, a style which started in the 1920s and is recognizable for its bold colors and geometric shapes, is present along the pastel beachside buildings and neon signs in South Beach.

The Miami Beach Architectural Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in May 1979.

Miami tourism officials say it was the nation’s first 20th century historic district.

The distinctive style has been featured prominently over the years in TV shows like “Miami Vice” and movies like “Scarface” and “The Bird Cage.”

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