Saturday, July 04, 2009

Fort Lauderdale Skyline is Banking Mecca




It didn't occur to me until I started fine-tuning these photos that the Fort Lauderdale skyline is dominated by big banking institutions. These photos were taken from the roof of the public parking garage. The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Main Library, and several college campuses also are located in this area.
Nearby are the tony shops and restaurants of Las Olas Boulevard and RiverWalk.






National City and Wachovia banks have their logos on the skyscrapers above. Regions Bank claims the white tower, below right. Left, the rooftop terraces, with their greenery, remind me of the hanging gardens of Babylon.








Bank of America marks its territory, above right. In the foreground is an apartment building. A dark glass building in West Palm Beach, similar to the twins below, is known as Darth Vader.




This large mural is on the side of a parking garage on Broward Boulevard, near the area that serves the Courthouse, museum, and main library. It depicts images from South Florida history and culture.



6 comments:

Dogwalkmusings said...

The mural is the only inviting thing! The rest is cold.

ellen said...

I've often wondered about this - the banks of my childhood were rather modest buildings. Maybe that just gives away my age!

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John Tyrrell said...

Very interesting and thought provoking. Fort Lauderdale is not unique in this respect. Industrial cities in nineteenth century UK had very tall chimneys. We know what they were for. I can't really say what these tall buildings are for though. What is produced in them?

plexasys said...

I can't really say what these tall buildings are for though. What is produced in them?