944 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

La Fayette Hotel

Construction date: documented 1934*


Henry Malony


Robbins Holding Company


Collins avenue hotel, Mediterranean Revival, Vernacular.

Symmetrical tripartite primary elevation; Arches above windows on central bay of east elevation; Grand arch above primary entryway and large florida windows at first floor level on patio; Coral stonework around primary entryway; Cast-iron ornamentation; Ziggurat parapet roofline on central bay; Decorative keystones; Decorative relief medallion at cornice on central bay; Belltower with clay barrel tile roof and archways on south wing of the U-shaped plan

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Significant Owner(s):

Robbins 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, 7-bay domestic building in the Mediterranean Revival style with Vernacular influences built in 1934. The structural system is reinforced concrete. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are stucco and coral stone. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum single-hung sashes. Windows highly ornamented on the central bay of the east elevation. There is a three-bay central open patio characterized by a none roof. Open patio on the first floor level of the central bay, situated between the south and north wings of the U-shaped building; Coral stone floor. Primary entryway is directly centered on the central bay of the east elevation; Ornamented with coral stonework and keystone that extends from ground floor level to just above second floor level; Flanked on either side by large Florida windows ornamented by archway and keystone. There is a front, open terrace addition. Addition of open terrace 6 inches above grade (Ben Giller).

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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