1440-1450 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

The Betsy Ross Hotel

Construction date: 1940*

Current name:

The Betsy Hotel South Beach


L. Murray Dixon


Arkin Construction Company


Ocean drive hotel, Other, Colonial Revival.

Two-story, four columned portico with square columns; Shuttered windows; Symmetrical front facade (central door and aligned windows); Slightly protruding symmetrical gables flank east elevation with semi-circular vents at apex; Grand Florida windows; Widow's walk; Interior and exterior terrazzo floor designs

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Historical Summary:

Richard A. Belsham, engineer

Significant Owner(s):

The Dale 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


Lone surviving example of Florida Georgian architecture on Ocean Drive; Colonial revival building designed by the same architect who designed so many of the Art Deco buildings on Ocean Drive (L. Murray Dixon)

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Architectural Description:

This is a 3-story, 9-bay domestic building in the Other style with Colonial Revival influences built in 1940. The building is u in plan. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are stucco. The building has a flat roof. Windows are replacement aluminum single-hung sashes. There is a two-story, full-span portico characterized by a flat roof with rectangular stuccoed posts. Narrow porch at the first floor in front of either gable connected to two-story portico at center of building (5 bays wide); Metal railing with square and triangle design; Two-colored terrazzo floor. Primary entryway directly at center of building; Large double door with three columns of five small rectangular windows; Door flank on either side by a thin and fluted pilaster.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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