640 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

Park Central Hotel

Construction date: documented 1937*

Current name:

Park Central Hotel


Henry Hohauser


L. & H. Miller Company


Ocean drive hotel, Art Deco.

Symmetrical tripartite design on primary facade; Round masonry porthole design at cornice; Octagonal porthole windows directly above first floor level; Horizontal banding at building's corners; Multi-colored terrazzo floor designs; Neon "Park Central Hotel" signage centered directly above the porch on the east elevation; "Park Central Hotel" signage painted vertically on east corner of the south elevation; Stepped ziggurat parapet roofline on east elevation; Streamlined vertical design with a recessed central section; Rounded corner windows on northeast and southeast corners just above porch level; Lightly ribbed vertical pilasters ornamented with spandrels; on either side of central bay form an inverted "L" design; Aluminum railings

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Significant Owner(s):

Harry Faber (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 7-story, 3-bay domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1937. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is fire proof. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are stucco. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum casements. Unique octagonal porthole windows just above "Park Central Hotel" signage on central bay of east elevation and at the same height on the easternmost part of the south elevation; Continuous band of windows rounded at corners wraps around northeast and southeast corners of building. There is a single-story, full-span open porch characterized by an integrated (under the main) roof. Simple full-span porch with aluminum railings; Multi-colored terrazzo floor design; Extends slightly out from building set back. Primary entryway is centered on east elevation; Glass double-door framed by dark wood; Terrazzo floor design on the porch points directly towards the primary door, which is also ornamented on the interior by different multi-colored terrazzo floor designs.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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