The Bernhardt E. Muller digital collection is a compendium of architectural drawings, renderings, sketches and photographs related to the design and construction of Opa-Locka, Florida, the nation’s largest concentration of Moorish Revival architecture. The city, incorporated in 1926, was the third Florida suburban real estate development of Glenn H. Curtiss, aviation pioneer and millionaire developer. Opa-Locka is the only known city in the United States that used Moorish Revival architecture as its original theme.
The Muller Collection’s importance lies in its detailed documentation of the progress of Opa-Locka from a developer’s dream to a constructed city. Opa-Locka was designed according to a specific theme: a combination of Arabic, Persian, and Moorish architectural styles. It is also the first known instance of a town developed from interpretations of a literary work, The One Thousand and One Tales of the Arabian Nights.
Selected materials from the collection have been digitized and are available online. Additional materials from the collection are available for research upon request at the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections. A full description and list of all materials in this collection are available in the Bernhardt E. Muller Collection (1925-1960) finding aid.