852 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Wallack Apartments

Construction date: documented 1936*


Henry Hohauser


J. Albert


Apartment/multi-unit complex, Art Deco.

Asymmetrical Collins Avenue facade; Symmetrical north elevation; Horizontal striping at cornice of third floor level and between windows at first, second and third floor levels on north elevation; Slightly stepped ziggurat roofline on north elevation (where primary entryway is); Decorative eyebrows; Verticality emphasized in fluted pilaster on east elevation; Corner balcony with pipe rail on northeast corner of third floor level; Corner windows; Unique multi-colored tile design on the east elevation

Significant Owner(s):

Estate of Lena Williamson (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 domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1936. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are stucco and decorative tile. Unique tile ornamentation below the fluted pilaster on the east elevation. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum jalacy. Jalacy windows dominate the first and second floor level windows; Windows at the third floor level are single-hung sash windows. No porch. Primary entryway is on the north elevation of the building (very unique for the neighborhood); Double door flanked on either side by fluted pilasters that extend from the ground level to the same height as the door; A larger framing design around the door consists of fluted pilasters of the same height on either end and round porthole relief carving above each of the two outside pilasters; An eyebrow rounded at the corners sits directly above this framing design. There is a single-story addition. Addition of roof over third floor balcony (Albert Anis, architect).

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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