1220 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

The Tides Hotel

Construction date: documented 1936*

Current name:

The Tides


L. Murray Dixon


Prufert-Wein Construction Co.


Ocean drive hotel, Art Deco.

Tripartite symmetrical facade; Dramatically stepped ziggurat roofline; Strong vertical lines; Interior lobby multi-colored terrazzo floor design; Projecting three-story and three-bay wide entryway; Porthole windows and curved eyebrows above primary entryway; Building has a deep setback (comparatively) and elegant approach from street to building

Open to the public:


Significant Owner(s):

The Tides, Inc. (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 11-story, 7-bay domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1936. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is reinforced concrete. The foundation is wood piling. Exterior walls are stone and stucco. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum casements. Each casement window flanked by a fixed window on either side. Though there is no porch in the usual sense, a deep setback leaves room for restaurant and lounge space around the steps leading up to the primary entryway. Primary entryway sits in a protruding three-story grand entryway; Tripartite symmetry; Colored and textured stone decorates primary entryway; Each door in the protruding section of the building has a rounded eyebrow on top, a porthole window on top of that, another rounded eyebrow on top of the porthole, and a casement window above; All 3 sets of doors/windows capped by "The Tides" signage.

* Date source: City of Miami Beach Building Department records

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