1401 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Beach Plaza Hotel

Construction date: documented 1936*

Current name:

Beach Plaza Hotel


L. Murray Dixon


O'Neill & Orr Building Corporation


Collins avenue hotel, Art Deco.

Symmetrical facade design; Vertical low-relief concentric racing stripes separate bays and finish above roofline in ziggurat roofline pattern; Sculptural relief panels; "Beach Plaza Hotel" neon signage on the east end of the north elevation and at the building's southwest corner; Interior and exterior multicolored terrazzo floor designs; Dolphin motif relief panels on porch walls; Horizontal banding across south elevation at first, second and third floor level windows; Continuous geometric eyebrow just above first floor level shades edges of porch

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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 hotel in the Art Deco style built in 1936. The building is l in plan. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are stucco and keystone. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum double-hung sashes. Double-hung sash windows are paired along all elevations. There is a single-story, wrap-around open porch characterized by an integrated (under the main) roof with round fluted stuccoed posts. Recessed wrap-around porch stretches three bays-wide on the west and south elevations, wrapping around the building's southwest corner; Multicolored terrazzo floor designs; No balustrade or railing on the portion of the porch along the west elevation; Dolphin motif sculptural relief panels on porch wall; Edges of porch shaded by continuous geometric eyebrow. Primary entryway is centered on the west elevation porch; Framed by round fluted columns on either side that sit between the steps up to the porch and the doorway; Flanked on either side by dolphin motif sculptural relief panels; Glass double-door framed in wood; "Beach Plaza Hotel" neon sign directly above doorway. There is a three-story, rear, extension addition. Additional structure complements, but does not copy, original design.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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