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 building is u in plan. 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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