Exploring Photography at The Cypress Room


The job of a chef-restaurateur is as much about designing a menu as it is about conjuring the dining experience.  The service, the room, the lighting, the music… these elements define hospitality and come together to create that magical thing called sense of place.  It’s that feeling you get when you walk into a dining room and are transported somewhere, some time even.  If the restaurant does it right, it’s like reading a great book.  You dive right in and lose yourself in a new world, only to find something special to take with you forever.


If you have ever been to The Cypress Room, you have seen the wall of black and white old Florida photographs in the dining room, in part responsible for creating its unique sense of place.  Since photography is one of my passions, we decided to focus on this theme for my last project as summer brand intern, the evolution of spring’s poetry collection for “O, Miami”.  Working again with Nathaniel Sandler at Bookleggers, I visited his archives Downtown to hand-pick this month’s display of books which we’ve entitled “Through the Looking Glass: Photography at The Cypress Room.”   You can now find them installed in each restroom.  

I also created an archive of our own for the photo wall, to dig deeper into these images’ significance and place in Miami’s history, spanning the late 1800s to late 1900s. Coming soon is a book recording the details of each picture hanging, from which you can find a preview below. Be sure to stop by and take a look to discover the mysteries of the hanging photographs and choose your own adventure within our four walls. The Cypress Room will post on Instagram when our first copy arrives from Blurb!

Some of the covers of the books in the new photography collection.

Some of the covers of the books in the new photography collection.

Ernest Hemingways sons, Patrick and Gregory, in Cuba

Ernest Hemingways sons, Patrick and Gregory, in Cuba

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J. Fritz Gordon, Al Capone and Mayor of Havana, Julio Morales, 1930, On Back: In Havana, don’t ask for beer, ask for “Tropical.” Souvenir from Tropical Garden, Havana, Cuba, 1930.

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People on the Beach, Robert Vignola (Front) and Ruth Snow (Middle).

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Marking 75 years of New York-Miami service, 1900’s; Engine No. 1034 breaks the tape on track No. 3 in Miami marking 75 years of Florida Special New York-Miami service. Joan Cooke typifies the bathing beauty of the 1888 era. Michal Flotkin is the beauty on the right.

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