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 building is u in plan. 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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