1036 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

Congress Hotel

Construction date: documented 1936*

Current name:

Congress Hotel (building 2/5)


Henry Hohauser


James Betteridge Inc.


Ocean drive hotel, Art Deco.

Tripartite symmetry; Eyebrows; Relief racing stripes; Large fountain relief carvings on both sides of primary entryway; Relief fountain decoration adorning ziggurat roofline; Large lettering with name of hotel shooting up vertically; Interior terrazzo floor with arrow patterns/design

Significant Owner(s):

P. Pollack (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, 3-bay domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1936. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are original stucco and original stucco. Additional exterior materials used for "Congress Hotel" signage. The building has a flat roof with parapet walls. Ziggurat parapet roofline. Windows are replacement aluminum jalacy casement. There is a porch. Primary entryway is particularly notable for the Art Deco decoration surrounding it- large bass relief carving on either side of the doorway and of the same size of the doorway; design reminiscent of the frozen fountain design that originally popularized the Art Deco style.

* Date source: City of Miami Beach Building Department Records

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