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 building is l in plan. 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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