Design & Real Estate

Deco Moderne

Located in a historic landmark in the heart of the city center, Julia & Henry’s was designed to create a positive impact on the changing landscape of Downtown Miami, honoring the building’s roots as well as the current needs of the community.
Words by Zelda Grant | August 25, 2023 | Design & Real Estate

A stunning example of Streamline Moderne architecture, which emerged in the 1930s representing the last phase of the Art Deco era, Julia & Henry’s was constructed in 1936 during the Great Depression as a 5-story Walgreens Drug Store. The building soon became a community beacon and social meeting ground, featuring an 88-foot soda fountain along with a separate ice cream plant. Daniel Pena Giraldi and Stambul Development went above and beyond the historic code to scrupulously preserve every historically significant component of this iconic (now) 7-level property. “Historic buildings are cultural artifacts that tell a story of our past, and we have a responsibility to protect and adapt them for the future,” says Giraldi. “Preservation is not about turning back the clock, it’s about finding ways to make historic buildings relevant to modern needs while maintaining their historical significance.” The new, reimagined culinary and entertainment destination showcases the world’s largest concentration of award-winning chefs under one roof, amongst other intriguing attractions;