1401 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Beach Plaza Hotel

Construction date: documented 1936*

Current name:

Beach Plaza Hotel

Architect:

L. Murray Dixon

Builder:

O'Neill & Orr Building Corporation

Style:

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

Open to the public:

Yes.  

 

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:

Architecture
Community Planning and Development

Associated Files:

Architectural Description:

This is a 3-story hotel in the Art Deco style built in 1936. 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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