700 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

Avalon Hotel

Construction date: 1941*

Current name:

Avalon Hotel


Albert Anis


Prufert Construction Co.


Ocean drive hotel, Art Deco.

Late Art Deco structure; Five horizontal decorative bar-shaped elements; Tower extending in height above roof line on southern side of East elevation and creating 4th story space; Long concrete covering above main floor and wrapping around south side of elevation; Neon hotel sign just above concrete covering; Asymmetrical in composition on facade facing East; Terrazzo floor design; Decorative sculptural panels below the roofline on the east and south elevations; Three-part stacked cantilevered ledge ornaments parapet; Corner, wrap-around windows and eyebrows; Three-part stacked eyebrow for ornamentation at southeast corner

Significant Owner(s):

St. Charles Hotel, Inc. (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 domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1941. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is concrete block. The foundation is spread footing. Exterior walls are stucco. The building has a flat with parapet roof and unspecified dormers. 4 decorative panels just below recessed roof cornice line. Windows are replacement aluminum single-hung sashes. SHS; Metal casement; Paired; Corrugated stucco moldings underneath window panes on tower; Continuous eyebrows over whole 2nd and 3rd story windows; Eyebrows of corner windows of tower are unattached to the eyebrows extending towards northern side. There is a single-story, wrap-around open porch characterized by a flat roof clad in stuccoed with rectangular stuccoed posts. Porch facing East is incised into main building structure; Porch facing South is open, colored terrazo flooring with title of building inlaid; 3 massive columns supporting concrete covering; Balustrade delimitating porch area are thick stucco casts with block pattern hinting the same patterns found in the five bar-shaped decorative elements above third story eyebrow. Three steps lead to entrance lobby; Racing tracks carved in upper portion of wall (3) and ceiling (2); Decorative moldings on top of openings of main lobby wall composed of 6 horizontally aligned roundels; Black marble-like entrance desk; Colored and patterned terrazzo flooring.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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