1717 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Surfcomber Hotel

Construction date: documented 1948*

Current name:

Surfcomber Hotel


MacKay & Gibbs


Bing Kosoff Construction Company


Art Deco.

tripartite facade; vertical elements in central bay; projecting overhang above entryway; ziggurat roofline; eyebrows;

Open to the public:


Historical Summary:

Originally the hotel had 98 rooms, 110 bathrooms, and a dining room. It also has 2 efficiencies and 4 one bedroom units. In 1948, MacKay and Gibbs added 30 one-story cabanas and a 75’ x 30’ swimming pool. In 1954, there was an addition to the existing lounge.


Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level : Miami Beach Architectural District, 1979
Designated at Local level : Ocean Drive/Collins Avenue District, 1986

Associated Files:

Architectural Description:

This is a 3-story domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1948. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is spread footing. Exterior walls are original stucco and original stucco. The building has a flat roof with parapet walls. Windows are replacement aluminum casements. The primary entryway is a large double glass door centered on the west elevation. A large projecting overhang supported by two square columns accentuates the entryway.

* Date source: City of Miami Beach Building Department records

Description generated by RuskinARC.