1501 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Hotel Bancroft

Construction date: documented 1939*

Current name:

Bancroft Hotel


Albert Anis


Prufert-Wein Construction Company


Collins avenue hotel, Art Deco.

Asymmetrical facade designs; Building rounded at southwest corner; Continuous eyebrows at every floor level that conform to building shape; Wide bands of glass block stacked on top of each other, divided by small-scale eyebrows; Exterior terrazzo floor design; Horizontal banding: three concave bands run through window levels at every floor level; Earl LaPan sculptural relief panel at first floor level on west elevation; "Bancroft" neon signage above primary entryway on west elevation; Vertical fluting on south elevation porch columns; Unusually stepped parapet roofline

Significant Owner(s):

Archie Greenberg (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 4-story domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1939. The building is irregular in plan. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are stucco. The building has a flat roof. Windows are replacement aluminum jalacy casement. There is a wrap-around open porch characterized by a flat roof clad in stuccoed with rectangular fluted stuccoed posts. Protruding porch wraps around the building's southwest corner, extending across half of the west elevation and more than half of the south elevation; Porch along the west elevation is uncovered, while the porch along the south elevation is shaded by an extruded continuous eyebrow; Simple balustrade of evenly-spaced round posts; Simple terrazzo floor design. Primary entryway on the west elevation is centered, with steps up to the entryway leading off to the porch directly to the south; Double-doors with fixed glass window directly above; Framed by round pilasters and a narrow column of fixed windows. There is an addition. Addition of two rubbing rooms (R.A. Belsham, engineer and Harry Saylee, contractor).

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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