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Lavish praise has been bestowed recently on midcentury modern architecture, in the same way that earlier generations went wild for Art Deco and Frank Lloyd Wright. Several of Richard Neutra's sleek glass-and-steel homes, for instance, have been restored to their original brilliance, and last year Mies van der Rohe duly received his museum blockbuster. But what of the first essentially post-modern buildings of the late forties through the sixties—once-swank hotels in Miami Beach like the Eden Roc, Fontainebleau, and Deauville by Morris Lapidus, and such New York landmarks as Eero Saarinen's TWA terminal? They're ready for their closeup. The terminal will survive (lamentably not as a passenger hub), and the icons of Miami modern architecture, or MiMo, are heading for landmark status—several have been expertly, and playfully, made over to bring back the postwar swagger and shine. Newly commissioned photographs of these structures (like William Webb's entry arch at Sunshine State International Park, right) will be presented in MiMo/NYMo: Modern Architecture, at New York's Municipal Arts Society, starting March 13.

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