1424 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

McAlpin Hotel

Construction date: 1940*

Current name:

McAlpin Apartments


L. Murray Dixon


Arkin Construction Company


Ocean drive hotel, Art Deco.

Continuous functional eyebrows rounded at corners; Tripartite symmetry; Glass block ornamentation; Porthole-shaped ornamentation at third floor; Tall, central, vertical masonry extending above roofline gives impression of ziggurat roofline; Slightly projected central mass ornamented by thin fluted pilasters and horizontal banding; Interior and exterior tri-colored terrazzo floor design; "Mc Alpin" signage at center bay above primary entryway; Curved edges in facade and porch railing ornamentation

Significant Owner(s):

Bruce Corporation (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 1940. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is spread footing. Exterior walls are stucco. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum jalacy casement. There is a single-story, full-span open porch characterized by an integrated (under the main) roof with rectangular stuccoed posts. Continuous eyebrow rounded at corners extends from building over porch; Tri-colored terrazzo floor design; Porch characterized by large stuccoed balustrade with semi-circular ornamentation; Glass block ornamentation; Porch opens up onto street at center of building with primary entryway directly behind the steps up to the porch. Glass double door flanked on either side by tall, narrow, rectangular glass block windows; Fixed glass window above door ornamented with a symmetrical metal design that mimics a ziggurat roofline; Tri-colored terrazzo design directly in front of primary entryway. There is a single-story, upper story, extension addition. Enclosure of roof terrace and construction of an addition to it.

* Date source: City of Miami Beach Building Department records

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