736 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

Colony Hotel

Construction date: 1935*

Current name:

Colony Hotel


Henry Hohauser




Ocean drive hotel, Art Deco.

Symmetrical primary facade; Continuous wrap around eyebrows rounded at northeast and southeast corners of building; Stepped ziggurat parapet roofline; Horizontal banding; Grand vertical gesture with "Colony" signage"; Inverted "T" shaped hotel sign; Geometric wave pattern in painting just below roof line; Added neon fixtures delineating form

Open to the public:


Historical Summary:

R. Belsham (engineers)

Significant Owner(s):

Jos. Friedman (original)


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 built in 1935. The structural system is cement blocks. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are stucco and pre-cast concrete. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum jalacy casement. Fixed metal casement; Jalousies on side elevation windows; Large window blocks/panes on each side of main entrance of larger dimension than 2nd, 3rd and 4th story windows. Arial narrow. Stepped entrance with beige and green terrazzo flooring with ornamental "C" lettering; Original main lobby desk undulating in northwest corner of entrance; Original green faux marble countertops; Fireplace in entrance foyer on green colored wall with ziggurat recesses; Three horizontal white lines on top of fireplace opening.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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