1701 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Ritz Plaza Hotel

Construction date: documented 1940*

Current name:

Ritz Plaza Hotel


L. Murray Dixon


L. & H. Miller Construction Co.


Collins avenue hotel, Art Deco.

Ziggurat roofline; Stepped building form; Vertical racing stripe up entire center window bay of building; Less-pronounced vertical racing stripes up center of north/south elevations; Horizontal banding at upper cornice; Exterior and interior multi-colored terrazzo floor designs; Sign tower with "Ritz Plaza Hotel" neon signage; Horizontal banding at sign tower; Corner windows; Stuccoed masonry balustrade surrounding property; Keystone veneer at ground level

Open to the public:


Significant Owner(s):

Joseph Edell (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 11-story, 7-bay hotel in the Art Deco style built in 1940. The foundation is wood piling. Exterior walls are keystone and stucco. Windows are replacement aluminum jalacy casement. There is a full-span open porch characterized by a none roof. Full-span protruding uncovered porch runs the length of the west elevation; Raised ten low steps off ground level; Surrounded by stuccoed balustrade of evenly-placed porthole shapes that are crossed at their center; Multi-colored terrazzo floor designs. Primary entryway is centered on the west elevation, directly across from the porch entry; Bordered by two-story high wooden round pilaster (mostly covered in fixed windows). There is a single-story, upper story, extension addition. Addition of two apartment units on 11th floor (N. A. Seiderman, architect).

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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