MOD Weekend spotlights Fort Lauderdale's architectural treasures

Marvel at Fort Lauderdale's midcentury modern architectural treasures during MOD Weekend, from March 13-16.

The much-expanded second annual festival, sponsored by Tropic Magazine, puts the spotlight on works by noted South Florida architects Dan Duckham, Charles McKirahan, Richard F. Humble and others who defined the look of many of the area's houses and landmark buildings.

Events kick off and depart at Bayshore Drive and Terramar Street in North Beach Village, which features many examples of the clean and open design style that exploded during the postwar era through the mid-1960s.

"MOD Weekend calls attention to Fort Lauderdale's signature architectural style and teaches guests about what they are looking at and where it fits in the history of American architecture," said organizer John O'Connor, editor of the architecture and design publication.


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Highlights include:

Film festival: Documentary films about architecture, 7:15 p.m. March 13-14 at Gateway Theatre. $8.

Double-decker bus tours: Two routes explore landmarks including Pier 66, Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel (formerly Sheraton Yankee Clipper), the Kenann office building, at the corner of Federal Highway and Oakland Park Boulevard, among other stops, noon and 3 p.m. March 14-16. $50.

Intracoastal cruises: The highlight of the two-hour water tour is the Venetian-style canal system, built in the 1920s. It will also visit residences and Pier 66 at noon and 3 p.m. March 14-16. $50.

IF YOU GO: To buy package and individual event tickets, go to MODWeekend.com or call 954-224-7706.