820 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Basics
Resource Category:
Building
Resource Type:
domestic building
Location
Address:
820 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:
Arjay Court Apartments
Current name:
Construction Date (range/estimated):
1930-1939
Construction Date Certainty:
documented
Known Construction Date:
1937
Source for Known Construction Date:
Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser
Architect/Designer:
L. Murray Dixon
Developer:
Builder:
Riley Builders, Inc.
Significant Owner(s):
Mr. & Mrs. Julius Simpson (original)
Historical Summary:
Extant Status:
Not Demolished
Architectural Style and Form
Plan/Footprint Shape:
rectangular
Building Form or Plan Type (core plan):
apartment/multi-unit complex
Style, Primary:
Art Deco
Style, Secondary:
Notes on architectural style, form, distinguishing features:
Symmetrical tripartite primary facade; Continuous eyebrows rounded at corners of the building; Multi-colored terrazzo floor design; Octagonal porthole relief ornamentation along cornice of south elevation; Decorative clay barrel tile on roof of southeast corner
Architectural Elements and Features
Number of Stories:
3
Bays:
3
Structural System:
Concrete Block Stucco
Foundation:
Spread footing
Basement:
Building Size:
32' 8" x 134' 10"
Square footage/meters:
13,000 (approximate)
Roof Configuration:
Flat
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:
Coral stone framing around one of the south elevation entryways
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:
No porch, but a narrow 5' x 18' patio along the east elevation; Multi-colored terrazzo diamond floor design; No railings or roof
Porch Height, Stories:
Porch Configuration:
full-span
Porch Type:
Open patio
Porch Roof Shape:
None
Porch Roof Material:
Porch Columns/Posts (upper or only):
Porch Piers (lower):
Primary entryway:
No one discernable primary entryway; Several entryways along the south elevation cater to different building functions
Function and Use
Historic Function:
Domestic: Multiple Dwelling
Present Function:
Domestic: Hotel
Function remarks:
Along with the property adjacent to the south, 808 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?
Date of major alterations:
Nature of alterations:
Additions?:
Yes
Date of major additions:
1948
Addition Height:
Addition Placement:
front
Addition Type:
Patio
Nature of additions:
5' x 18' patio slab with 30" rail and no roof
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: 25.7785734847205070
Longitude: -80.1322562944774300
UTM: Zone 17R   587006.0028 mE, 2851449.1725 mN
Datum WGS84
Arjay Court Apartments east elevation (view when facing west on Collins Avenue)
Southeast corner of the Arjay Court Apartments
Eyebrows over the corner windows at the Arjay Court Apartments
Patio on the east elevation of the Arjay Court Apartments
Terrazzo floor design on the patio of the Arjay Court Apartments
Partial view of the south elevation of the Arjay Court Apartments
One of the entryways on the south elevation of the Arjay Court Apartments
One of the entryways on the south elevation of the Arjay Court Apartments
Historic photo taken in 1835 when the complex was called the Miljean Apartments
Historic photo taken soon after construction in 1937

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