808 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Basics
Resource Category:
Building
Resource Type:
domestic building
Location
Address:
808 Collins Ave
City:
Miami Beach
County:
Miami-Dade
State/Province/Region:
Florida
Zip/Postal Code:
33139
Country:
USA
Other Address or Location Information:
Parcel/Tax number or land unit:
02-4203-004-0480
Local place name:
Setting/Landscape/Site Features:
Acreage, parcel, land unit size:
7,000 SQ FT
Quad/Map name and date:
Date
Township/Range/Section:
54S / 42E / 03
Visible from Public Road?
Yes
Historical Information
Historic name:
Whitelaw Hotel
Current name:
Whitelaw Hotel
Construction Date (range/estimated):
1930-1939
Construction Date Certainty:
documented
Known Construction Date:
1936
Source for Known Construction Date:
City of Miami Beach Building Department records
Architect/Designer:
Albert Anis
Developer:
Builder:
Sam Ravitz
Significant Owner(s):
Ritab Holding Company (original)
Historical Summary:
Extant Status:
Not Demolished
Architectural Style and Form
Plan/Footprint Shape:
rectangular
Building Form or Plan Type (core plan):
Collins Avenue Hotel
Style, Primary:
Art Deco
Style, Secondary:
Notes on architectural style, form, distinguishing features:
Symmetrical tripartite primary facade; Stepped ziggurat parapet roofline; Slightly protruding central bay, with center of that protruding as well to also create a ziggurat effect in the horizontality of the building; Horizontal banding from wave line bas relief beneath second and third floor level windows (ocean-line motif); Fluted cornice along top of outer bays; Eyebrow rounded at corners above primary entryway; Decorative sculptural panels at center of central bay; Fluted panels frame center of central bay and emphasize verticality
Architectural Elements and Features
Number of Stories:
3
Bays:
5
Structural System:
Cement blocks
Foundation:
Reinforced Concrete
Basement:
Building Size:
40' x 135'
Square footage/meters:
16,000 (approximate)
Roof Configuration:
Flat with parapet
Roof Material
replacement
Roof remarks/description:
Eave Type:
Eave Ornamentation:
Dormer Count:
Dormer Configuration:
Exterior Wall Material (primary):
stucco
Exterior Wall Material (secondary):
Notes on exterior materials:
Principal Windows::
replacement aluminum
Window Panes/Lights:
Window Type:
Jalacy Casement
Window remarks:
Chimney remarks/description:
Chimney Count (first):
Chimney Placement 1:
Chimney Count (second):
Chimney Placement 2:
Porch description, characteristics, details:
Porch spans the full length of the east elevation, with the entrance to the porch directly at center; Metal railing with curvature in the design; Tile flooring; Porch extends out from underneath building at first floor level
Porch Height, Stories:
single-story
Porch Configuration:
full-span
Porch Type:
open porch
Porch Roof Shape:
integrated (under the main)
Porch Roof Material:
Porch Columns/Posts (upper or only):
square stuccoed posts on
Porch Piers (lower):
square stuccoed piers
Primary entryway:
Primary entryway is centered on the east elevation, on the front porch; Wooden double doors with a fixed window above; Two square columns precede the doorway; "Whitelaw Hotel" signage and an eyebrow rounded at the corners sit on the east elevation of the building, just above the primary entryway
Function and Use
Historic Function:
Domestic: Hotel
Present Function:
Domestic: Hotel
Function remarks:
Along with the property adjacent to the north, 820 Collins Avenue, functions as one hotel and restaurant.
Listed, Designated, or Protected Status
Status Code:
Listed at the national level?
Individually Listed: No
Contributes to a District: Yes
Landmark: No
Date, name, remarks:
Miami Beach Architectural District, 1979
Designated at State/Province level?
Individually Listed: No
Contributes to a District: No
Landmark: No
Date, name, remarks:
Designated Locally?
Individually Listed: No
Contributes to a District: Yes
Landmark: No
Date, name, remarks:
Ocean Drive/Collins Avenue District, 1986
Protected by ordinance or regulation?:
Yes
Protection status, remarks:
1985
Evaluation of Potential Eligibility
Rating or Rank
Recommended as a potential landmark?
Criteria:
C. Embodies distinctive physical characteristics of design, construction, or form.
Significance and Context
Theme(s)
Period of significance
Significance/Context Remarks
Area(s) of Significance
Architecture
Community Planning and Development

Ancillary Structures / Outbuildings
Number of ancillary structures / outbuildings:
Secondary structure type
Contributing to primary property?
Ancillary structures remarks or description:
Condition and Alterations
Character of modifications:
Sympathetic alterations or restoration
General Condition:
Good
Moved or Relocated?:
No
Date moved or relocated:
Relocation remarks:
Alterations?
Yes
Date of major alterations:
1956
Nature of alterations:
Remodeling of 18 hotel rooms into 9 one-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment units (Gerard Pitt, architect
Additions?:
Date of major additions:
Addition Height:
Addition Placement:
Addition Type:
Nature of additions:
Endangered / Threatened
Endangered by:
Endangered/Threatened remarks:
Recommendations:
Contact:
Tourism / Featured Destination
Open to the public:
Yes
Contact information, Hours, and Amenities:
For Sale, Rent, or Lease
Property Classification:
Sale status:
Sale remarks:
Owner
Ownership type:
Name of Owner:
Owner Mailing Address:
Legal Description of Property/Comments:
Survey and Recorder
Authorized Resource Number or ID :
Optional Tracking or Sequence Number:
Alternate Resource ID or Key:
Survey Date:
1/30/2013
Surveyed By:
Melinda Agron
Report Name, or Reason for Survey:
Re-survey of the district
Level of Survey:
reconnaissance
Sources, References, Bibliography
Previously Surveyed?
Yes
Name of Previous Survey:
Additional Research Recommended?
No
Other Sources of Information:
Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser
City of Miami Beach Planning Department records
Miami Design Preservation League records
General Remarks:
Custom / Extra Information
Finished Floor Elevation (NAVD88):
Latitude: 25.7784326013331830
Longitude: -80.1322861919960000
UTM: Zone 17R   587003.1077 mE, 2851433.5502 mN
Datum WGS84
Whitelaw Hotel east elevation (view when facing west on Collins Avenue)
The Whitelaw Hotel on Collins Avenue
Primary facade of the Whitelaw Hotel
Porch along Collins Avenue at the Whitelaw Hotel
Primary entryway at the Whitelaw Hotel

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