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 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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