1440-1450 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

The Betsy Ross Hotel

Construction date: 1940*

Current name:

The Betsy Hotel South Beach

Architect:

L. Murray Dixon

Builder:

Arkin Construction Company

Style:

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

Open to the public:

Yes.  

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:

Architecture
Community Planning and Development

Significance:

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)

Associated Files:

Architectural Description:

This is a 3-story, 9-bay domestic building in the Other style with Colonial Revival influences built in 1940. 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

Description generated by RuskinARC.