940 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

Breakwater Hotel

Construction date: 1939*

Current name:

Breakwater Hotel


Anton Skislewicz


Morris Alpert


Ocean drive hotel, Art Deco, Moderne.

Streamlined symmetrical design; Continuous eyebrows; Projected central sign tower with ship-like prow; Horizontal banding; Central vertical racing stripes; Stepped sides and top; Ziggurat parapet roofline; Building cantilevers on round fluted columns; INTERIOR: Keystone front desk and fireplace; Terrazzo floor designs

Open to the public:



Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level : Miami Beach Architectural District, 1979
Designated at Local level : Ocean Drive/Collins Avenue District, 1986

Area(s) of Significance:

Community Planning and Development

Associated Files:

Architectural Description:

This is a 3-story domestic building in the Art Deco style with Moderne influences built in 1939. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is spread footing. Exterior walls are stucco and stucco. The building has a flat roof. Roof forms horizontal counterbalance; Horizontal band at cornice; Pipe rail at roof. Windows are replacement aluminum single-hung sashes. Spandrel under windows; Etched glass detail. There is a single-story, full-span open porch characterized by an integrated (under the main) roof with fluted stuccoed posts. Terrazo porch; Edge is defined by low concrete wall; Masonry balustrade; Symmetrical; In line with building facade; Precedes building main entrance. Entrance in center on the symmetrical facade; Enunciated by an imposing vertical element containing the Breakwater Hotel signage in neon lighting.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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