July 8 - Buildings - Mai-Kai
I wanted to do a layout reflecting South Florida's Mid-Century Modern style of architecture. Found this photo/sketch on the internet. It is of the Mai-Kai Polynesian Restaurant. It serves gourmet food and has wonderful shows every night.
One of the oldest Mai-Kai postcards, an illustration of architect Charles McKirahan’s early design. (From SwankPad.org). The restaurant’s original A-frame on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale was created in 1955 by a master of mid-century architecture, Charles McKirahan, who also designed many other area buildings of the era. The Mai-Kai serves as celebratory temple of vintage Polynesian Pop and is considered the last remaining example of a true mid-century Tiki supper club. Its extensive grounds feature eight themed dining rooms seating nearly 500, a 150-capacity bar/lounge that submerges guests in a sunken ship, a gift shop, lush tropical gardens, and an authentic Polynesian floor show that has run continuously since 1961.