801 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Tiffany Hotel

Construction date: documented 1939*

Current name:

Tiffany Hotel

Architect:

L. Murray Dixon

Builder:

P.J. Davis Construction Company

Style:

Collins avenue hotel, Art Deco, Streamlined Moderne.

Asymmetrical facades; Tripartite design on west elevation; Several different multi-colored terrazzo floor designs (interior and exterior); Large porthole windows; Glass block ornamentation; Vertical "Tiffany" neon signage on the southwest corner of the building rising above the roofline; Slightly stepped parapet roofline; Vertical racing stripes of protruding thin rectangles on the southwest corner of the building; Continuous ornamental eyebrows rounded at corners; Particularly at the corner and west elevation, exemplifies the ocean-liner motif in shape, ornamentation and scale; Etched glass depicting tropical scenes; Fluted columns demarcate primary entryway on the street corner; Building curves at its southwest corner to conform to the corner lot; Decorative sculptural bas relief panels above first, second and third floor level windows on the central bay of the west elevation; Fluted glass panels on either side of primary doorway

Open to the public:

Yes.  

Significant Owner(s):

Morris Katz (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

Associated Files:

Architectural Description:

This is a 3-story domestic building in the Art Deco style with Streamlined Moderne influences built in 1939. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is spread footing. Exterior walls are stucco and coral stone. Coral stone veneer used on the building wall that lines the porch and surrounds primary entryway. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum jalacy casement. There is a single-story, five-bay open porch characterized by an integrated (under the main) roof with fluted stuccoed posts. Porches and open patios line the west and south elevations of the Tiffany Hotel; West elevation has a full-span narrow porch that extends out from the edge of the building and is uncovered; South elevation has a 5-bay open porch (primary porch) that begins at the southwest corner of the building and is integrated underneath the building, containing the most ornate of the exterior terrazzo floor designs as well as the primary entryway; Further east on the south elevation is an open patio area that is uncovered and has additional terrazzo floor designs. Two primary entryways along the south elevation on the porch; First primary entryway is on the southwest corner of the building, directly up the four steps from street-level to the porch- Glass double-door framed in dark wood with panels of fluted glass on either side and a fixed window covered with a metal ornamental grille on top; Second primary entryway is a few feet to the east of the first entryway and has the same door and fluted glass paneling, but has a fixed etched glass (tropical motif) above.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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