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Four Seasons Magazine - 9 AUG 2017

In the late 1920s, business mogul Harvey Firestone sailed past Surfside, Florida, aboard his yacht, the Marybelle. Enchanted by this breathtaking stretch of golden beach and blue-green waters, Firestone – along with friends Carl Fisher and Irving Collins – immediately began dreaming about what it could become: a refuge for stars seeking to escape the limelight. On New Year’s Eve, 1930, the Surf Club was born.

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CNN Travel - 9 AUG 2017

Miami's sunshine and good times have drawn visitors back for years, but a new hotel concept hopes to bring back some of the glamour of a bygone era.

The city has gone through plenty of reincarnations in its time -- there was the neon-pink "Miami Vice" scene of the 1980s, the elite velvet-rope days of Madonna and Versace and the boutique hotels in the 1990s. Then came the Kardashians and the spring breakers and the glitzy Art Basel crowds.

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The Wall Street Journal - 29 JUN 2017

Checking in to Miami’s newly opened Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, designed by American architect Richard Meier, my wife and I were upgraded to a top-floor oceanfront room. I’ve always had a thing for Mr. Meier’s minimalist glass and white-steel residences. Now we were going to spend five vacation days in one...

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Departures - 15 JUN 2017

It’s a new golden age for the city’s historic Surf Club hotel, which was recently reopened by the Toronto-based hotel brand.

You’re not more than a few paces into the lobby of the new Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club before you see him: Winston Churchill, in a framed black-and-white photo on the wall, swaddled in a voluminous white smock, painting a seascape in a cabana on the property.

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Vanity Fair - 5 JUN 2017

Positano's household name, Le Sirenuse, has arrived Stateside, with a restaurant and champagne bar situated in the historic Miami landmark the Surf Club. Serving authentic Italian cuisine at the iconic oceanfront property, in a space designed by Joseph Dirand, Le Sirenuse Miami is the family-owned resort's first venture away from its Amalfi home.

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The Telegraph - 10 APR 2017

"Spectacular is the word for The Surf Club" ran a headline in the Miami Herald in November 1959. "Although some of the conservative set snub [it] as a glorified night club," gushed staff writer Betsy Buffington, "the Club itself makes no bones about what it is: an exclusive place to have FUN. There’s an aura of excitement about [it] – you never know what to expect next or which celebrity you may meet."

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Wallpaper - 6 APR 2017

The Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Miami has been one of the most talked-about openings in recent times. The original Surf Club was founded by tyre tycoon Harvey Firestone in 1930. In its midcentury heyday it was the scene of beach-front misbehavings of the most exclusive sort. This was a club with closed doors, behind which anything could happen and much did. There were poolside fashion shows, late-night boxing galas, elephants at parties and booze on the beach during Prohibition. Visitors included Winston Churchill, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Alfred Hitchcock and Mohammad Reza, Shah of Iran. It was a fantasy, a bubble, a world of its own.

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WWD - 23 MAR 2017

The Surf Club is trying to regain some of the pizzazz from its early years. Founded in 1930 by Harvey Firestone (of tire fame), the Northern Miami Beach membership club drew glitzy personalities from Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra to Grace Kelly and Winston Churchill during its midcentury heyday. Its ocean views provided fodder for Churchill, who was documented painting a seascape at the club in 1946.

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Architectural Digest - 14 MAR 2017

Richard Meier Reimagines the World’s Most Iconic Private Club

Miami’s skyline is full of glass and white-metal minimalism, but only one property is attached to the genre’s greatest living master, Richard Meier.

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Cultured - 13 FEB 2017

Richard Meier - By the Sea

It could be said that Richard Meier’s architecture career truly began, more than five decades ago, on the water. His first credited project was a modest beachfront cottage he designed on New York’s Fire Island for artist Saul Lambert and his wife.

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The Wall Street Journal - 29 NOV 2016

IN THE LATE 1920s, there were plenty of dreams floating around Miami Beach, a fantasy empire carved from a once-unwanted stretch of man- grove swamp. The country’s winter playground mixed together, like some garishly intoxicating cocktail, old-line WASPs with Detroit industrialists, Hollywood starlets with European royalty, ballroom dances with big crime syndicates.

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Tropic Magazine - 1 NOV 2016

The arrival of the Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale is fortuitous, to say the least. With 42 Private Residences, 48 Four Seasons Hotel Residences and 150 Hotel Suites, the acclaimed Four Seasons will undoubtedly be the finest new addition to grace Fort Lauderdale’s reimagined shoreline. It’s hard to believe it has been a decade since the St. Regis – now Ritz-Carlton – opened in an Arquitectonica-designed tower just a few blocks south.

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Wallpaper - 15 APR 2016

With completion set for the end of the year, The Surf Club is set to be one of the hottest places to stay in Miami. In addition to the original Russell Pancoast building that’s being carefully restored – and the shiny new Four Seasons-operated addition by Richard Meier that will include new hotel rooms and residences – the rejuvenated Surf Club will also comprise a collection of cabanas designed by Joseph Dirand.

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New York Post - 20 JAN 2016

Looking to buy in a South Florida property whose helping hands include Pritzker winner Richard Meier? Better hurry — the Fort Partners-developed four-building Surf Club Four Seasons Private Residences at 9011 Collins Ave. in Surfside is nearly 80 percent sold and will start delivering residences this winter. The unit mix comprises one- to six-bedroom homes, plus 13 penthouses (just one of the latter is currently available), with prices now from $3.8 million to $40 million.

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Florida Design - 14 DEC 2015

A limited edition of 12 Richard Meier Signature Penthouses will crown the North and South towers of Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club, a visionary project that epitomizes luxury lliving in the 21st century, while evoking the glamour of old Miami.

Wallpaper - 25 NOV 2015

Amongst the numerous Art Deco hotels currently being rejuvenated in Miami is The Surf Club, located in Miami Beach. Soon to be reopened with a new Richard Meier design and operated by The Four Seasons, the property in collaboration with Fort Partners will host ‘LAX – MIA: Light + Space’, an art exhibition curated by Parallel, comprising architecture curator Terence Riley, architect John Keenen and art historian Joachim Pissarro.

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Wallpaper - 6 NOV 2015

Since Richard Meier’s rejuvenation of the historic Surf Club in Miami’s Surfside district was announced last year, the ambitious project has been hurtling towards completion with more features and amenities being added to it as the months have passed.

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Sun Sentinel - 21 OCT 2015

The last vestige of the Tropic Cay motel along Fort Lauderdale beach is now gone.
Construction workers on Wednesday leveled the motel and its signature tower as they cleared part of a 1.8-acre site that soon will house the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences Fort Lauderdale.

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Robb Report - 08 SEP 2015

If the old adage “Location, location, location” really is the No. 1 priority in real estate, then Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club is poised for success. Stationed on 9 oceanfront acres in Miami Beach, the residence includes two 12-story towers comprising 150 homes, two restaurants, four swimming pools, a fitness center and spa, and beautiful seaside gardens.

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The Real Deal - 31 JUL 2015

After acquiring the missing piece for its planned Four Seasons Hotel & Residences Fort Lauderdale, Fort Partners is getting ready to launch sales for the project this fall, The Real Deal has learned.

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The Wall Street Journal - 24 FEB 2015

When real-estate investor Nadim Ashi approached Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in 2013 about branding his Miami Beach property with the luxury operator, he was told it couldn’t happen because of a deal the company made nearly two decades earlier. The company had agreed to grant the Canadian owners of the Palm Beach Four Seasons hotel exclusive rights, for 40 years, to any new properties on Florida’s Atlantic coast.

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The Real Deal - 10 FEB 2014

An opportunistic real estate investor who repositioned multiple distressed condo buildings during the recession, Nadim Ashi is embarking on his boldest South Florida venture with the Surf Club Hotel and Residences development in Surfside. The founder and CEO of Miami-based Fort Capital Management, Ashi recruited prominent architects Kobi Karp and Richard Meier to design the project, which incorporates an historic building designed by Russell Pancoast.

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The New York Times - 19 DEC 2014

Richard Meier has been an architect for half a century, and yet, the Pritzker Prize winner has never bought an apartment of his own design. Until now. Mr. Meier, who is based in New York City, was one of the first to buy a condominium at Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club, his latest project in Miami.

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