1685 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Delano Hotel

Construction date: documented 1947*

Current name:

Delano Hotel


B. Robert Swartburg


J. Y. Gooch Company Inc.


Collins avenue hotel, Art Deco.

Symmetrical facade design; Ziggurat roofline; Tower with fins rises above roofline and centered on the west elevation; Multi-colored and highly ornamented terrazzo floor designs on the porch; Decorative octagonal portholes; Sculptural relief porthole ornamentation at porch cornice; Decorative columns support porte-coch; Vertical racing stripes up center of building; Odd angles in protruding walls/windows of different protruding bays; Corner windows at separation of bays; Building is now rectangular in shape, but was originally L-shaped

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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 12-story, 7-bay domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1947. The building is l in plan. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is concrete pile. Exterior walls are stucco. The building has a flat roof. There is a two-story, five-bay open porch characterized by an integrated (under the main) roof with rectangular stuccoed posts. Five-bay wide grand two-story porch is centered on the west elevation; Highly ornamented porch frame is about three stories high, ornamented with four nearly-flat columns, an unusually shaped central eyebrow, horizontal banding at the cornice, and low-relief sculptural relief medallions at cornice; Multiple multi-colored terrazzo floor designs. Two primary entryways, one at each end of the porch, are unornamented and simple when compared to the adorned porch. There is a single-story, upper story addition. Addition to penthouse area: One two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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