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I the EARTH WORLD A CLASSIC HOTEL REDISCOVERS THE JOYS OF ART By Charles J. Kropke Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades photographed by Matt Stock On January 15, 1926, the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables opened to one of the largest and most elabo- rate parties that Florida has ever held. In the midst of the prosperous and lavish Jazz era, the Biltmore with its soaring, sentinel-lit, Moorish tower and im- pressive angled wings was a wonder to behold, an ar- chitectural work of art. e opening ceremony drew royalty, aristocrats, the monied-classes and luminaries from the golden dawn of Hollywood. In the grand upper lobby of the hotel PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 43