808 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Whitelaw Hotel

Construction date: documented 1936*

Current name:

Whitelaw Hotel


Albert Anis


Sam Ravitz


Collins avenue hotel, Art Deco.

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

Open to the public:


Significant Owner(s):

Ritab Holding Company (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, 5-bay domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1936. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is cement blocks. The foundation is reinforced concrete. 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 square stuccoed posts on square stuccoed piers. 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. 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.

* Date source: City of Miami Beach Building Department records

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