1545 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Royal Palm Hotel

Construction date: documented 1939*

Current name:

Royal Palm Hotel


Donald G. Smith


Harry H. Sayle


Art Deco.

Symmetrical facade design; Wide, recessed vertical racing stripes separate each of the four bays; Ziggurat parapet roofline; Three evenly-spaced low-relief porthole medallions between seventh floor level windows and roofline; Interior and exterior terrazzo floor designs; Vertical racing stripes, grouped in threes, centered on windows at each bay and stretching from second to seventh floor level windows; Pronounced horizontal banding at ziggurat roofline; Exaggerated round eyebrow above first floor level, centered above 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 7-story, 4-bay hotel in the Art Deco style built in 1939. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is concrete pile. Exterior walls are stucco. The building has a flat with parapet roof clad in replacement gravel. Windows are replacement aluminum single-hung sashes. There is a single-story, full-span open porch characterized by a flat roof clad in an undetermined material with rectangular fluted posts. Protruding full-span porch runs along the west elevation; Terrazzo floor design; Simple metal railing. Primary entryway is centered on the west elevation, directly across from the porch entry; Glass double-doors framed in aluminum with an aluminum framed fixed window directly above; Flanked on either side by fluted pilasters. There is a three-story, upper story, extension addition. 49 Hotel rooms added in three additional stories - 52' x 130' x 37' (Donald G. Smith, architect).

* Date source: City of Miami Beach Building Department records

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