1550 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Tropics Hotel

Construction date: documented 1941*

Current name:

Tropics Hotel


Roy F. France


Pollock Construction Company


Collins avenue hotel, Art Deco.

Asymmetrical facade design; Projecting "Tropics" vertical neon signage creates a vertical racing stripe on the east elevation; Horizontal banding at buildings corners, often in groups of three; Off-center ziggurat parapet roofline; Interior and exterior terrazzo floor designs; Glass block; Corner windows; Pink coral stone veneer at first floor level along porch; Continuous eyebrow over primary entryway

Open to the public:


Historical Summary:

Jorgensen & Schreffler, engineer

Significant Owner(s):

David Golden (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 3-story hotel in the Art Deco style built in 1941. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is spread footing. Exterior walls are coral stone and stucco. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum jalacy casement. There is a three-bay open porch. Three bay-wide porch slightly off-center, to the south end, of the east elevation; Sits at ground level; Separated by low stuccoed wall; Pink coral stone veneer; Terrazzo floor design just before primary entryway. Primary entryway is centered on the porch; Glass-double door with narrow fixed windows on either side and a rectangular fixed window above.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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