All one has to do is walk through the lobby of Alhambra Towers, Allen Morris’ signature building and company headquarters in Coral Gables, Florida, to be convinced of the priority we place on art in our projects. We don’t build cookie-cutter, bland buildings. Rather, we strive to create aesthetic experiences through art and architecture that add meaning and uniqueness to the community. Our stated mission is to Inspire, Impress and Improve – and certainly that includes building office, multi-family, and mixed-use spaces that exude a sense of place and identity.
The original stained glass from a church that once stood on the property was recycled into the design of the lobby, resulting in a warm, somewhat ethereal glow. The elegant space has been used many times for art exhibits and fundraisers.
During the 2004 Junior Orange Bowl Youth Arts Celebration, which was sponsored by Allen Morris, 150 talented young artists submitted their interpretations of Alhambra Towers.
In addition, the Allen Morris family has the largest private collections of paintings by esteemed Florida landscape artist A.E. “Beanie” Backus, and the company uses originals and reproductions of his work in our properties.
The family also founded The American Sporting Arms and Art Museum and loans exhibits to other museums and galleries for display. Currently, 60 Parker hand-engraved shotguns are on display for the public at the Cody Museum in Wyoming.
We are excited to announce that our newest apartment complex in St. Petersburg, Florida, called the Hermitage, will showcase a gallery dedicated to Backus’ work.
Also, there will be a resident gallery in the lobby where local artists can display their work. The Hermitage, so named in honor of the famed Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, the city’s namesake, is located in the heart of a burgeoning art scene close to the Salvador Dali Museum and across the street from the newly planned Chihuly Museum and the Morean Arts Center.