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 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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