1340 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Hotel Shepley

Construction date: documented 1943*

Current name:

Beachcomber Hotel


Henry Hohauser


Prufert-Wien Construction Company


Collins avenue hotel, Art Deco.

Symmetrical tripartite facade design; Ziggurat parapet roofline; Continuous eyebrows wrap-around from outer bay to north/south elevations and are rounded at corners; Horizontal banding about first floor level; Porthole cut-outs at cornice; "Beachcomber" neon signage; Interior and exterior multi-colored terrazzo floor designs; Low-relief horizontal banding around primary entryway on porch; Slightly protruding window and geometric eyebrows on central bay of east elevation

Open to the public:


Significant Owner(s):

Mrs. Shepard Swede


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 2-story, 3-bay hotel in the Art Deco style built in 1943. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is spread footing. Exterior walls are stucco. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum single-hung sashes. There is a single-story, full-span open porch characterized by an integrated (under the main) roof with round fluted stuccoed posts. Recessed full-span porch extends the entire length of the east elevation; Raised three steps from ground level; Entrance to porch and primary doorway are centered on porch; Multi-colored terrazzo floor designs; Stuccoed solid wall balustrade; Fluted stuccoed columns at corners. Primary entryway centered on porch and east elevation; Glass double-door with narrow fixed glass above; Framed by low-relief vertical racing stripes on either side and horizontal stripes above that split back into vertical racing stripes above the center of the doorway; Doorway also framed by low-relief squares on either side and on top, split on top by a column of three low-relief porthole shapes.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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