720 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

Basics
Resource Category:
Building
Resource Type:
domestic building
Location
Address:
720 Ocean Dr
City:
Miami Beach
County:
Miami-Dade
State/Province/Region:
Florida
Zip/Postal Code:
33139
Country:
USA
Other Address or Location Information:
Parcel/Tax number or land unit:
02-4203-004-0180
Local place name:
Setting/Landscape/Site Features:
Acreage, parcel, land unit size:
9,750 SQ FT
Quad/Map name and date:
Date
Township/Range/Section:
54S / 42E / 03
Visible from Public Road?
Yes
Historical Information
Historic name:
Beacon Hotel
Current name:
Beacon Hotel
Construction Date (range/estimated):
1930-1939
Construction Date Certainty:
documented
Known Construction Date:
1937
Source for Known Construction Date:
Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser
Architect/Designer:
Harry O. Nelson
Developer:
Builder:
O'Neill & Orr Building Corporation
Significant Owner(s):
Historical Summary:
Extant Status:
Not Demolished
Architectural Style and Form
Plan/Footprint Shape:
rectangular
Building Form or Plan Type (core plan):
Ocean Drive Hotel
Style, Primary:
Art Deco
Style, Secondary:
Notes on architectural style, form, distinguishing features:
Original facade: Symmetrical tripartite design; Vertical racing stripes; Horizontal banding; "Cut-out" ornamentation on either side of central bay; Decorative panels on the central vertical element above the main floor entrance; "Beacon Hotel" signage; Stepped ziggurat parapet roofline; Multi-colored terrazzo floor designs in the interior lobby; Glass etching ornamentation; Glass block ornamentation; Curved semi-circular and semi-ovular ornamentation
Architectural Elements and Features
Number of Stories:
5
Bays:
Structural System:
Reinforced Concrete
Foundation:
Spread footing
Basement:
Building Size:
40' x 214'
Square footage/meters:
30,305 (adjusted)
Roof Configuration:
Flat with parapet
Roof Material
Roof remarks/description:
Ziggurat roof line
Eave Type:
Eave Ornamentation:
Dormer Count:
Dormer Configuration:
Exterior Wall Material (primary):
stucco
Exterior Wall Material (secondary):
Pre-cast concrete
Notes on exterior materials:
Principal Windows::
replacement aluminum
Window Panes/Lights:
Window Type:
Single-Hung sashes
Window remarks:
Paired on either side of central elevation and single in the center
Chimney remarks/description:
Chimney Count (first):
Chimney Placement 1:
Chimney Count (second):
Chimney Placement 2:
Porch description, characteristics, details:
Terrazzo mosaic flooring; Art deco geometric patterned railing; Eight columns delimitating the space; Racing stripes; Glass block; Split level patio
Porch Height, Stories:
Porch Configuration:
Porch Type:
Porch Roof Shape:
Porch Roof Material:
Porch Columns/Posts (upper or only):
Porch Piers (lower):
Primary entryway:
Mezzanine; Wooden double-door with semi circular glass on each; Glass is ornamented with etchings of palm trees and flamingoes; Grand multi-colored terrazzo floor design lies just on the inside of the primary entryway
Function and Use
Historic Function:
Domestic: Hotel
Present Function:
Domestic: Hotel
Function remarks:
Listed, Designated, or Protected Status
Status Code:
Listed at the national level?
Individually Listed: No
Contributes to a District: Yes
Landmark: No
Date, name, remarks:
Miami Beach Architectural District, 1979
Designated at State/Province level?
Individually Listed: No
Contributes to a District: No
Landmark: No
Date, name, remarks:
Designated Locally?
Individually Listed: No
Contributes to a District: Yes
Landmark: No
Date, name, remarks:
Ocean Drive/Collins Avenue District, 1986
Protected by ordinance or regulation?:
Yes
Protection status, remarks:
1985
Evaluation of Potential Eligibility
Rating or Rank
Recommended as a potential landmark?
Criteria:
C. Embodies distinctive physical characteristics of design, construction, or form.
Significance and Context
Theme(s)
Period of significance
Significance/Context Remarks
Area(s) of Significance
Architecture
Community Planning and Development

Ancillary Structures / Outbuildings
Number of ancillary structures / outbuildings:
Secondary structure type
Contributing to primary property?
Ancillary structures remarks or description:
Condition and Alterations
Character of modifications:
Sympathetic alterations or restoration
General Condition:
Good
Moved or Relocated?:
No
Date moved or relocated:
Relocation remarks:
Alterations?
Date of major alterations:
Nature of alterations:
Additions?:
Yes
Date of major additions:
1948
Addition Height:
Three-story
Addition Placement:
side
Addition Type:
Extension
Nature of additions:
25' x 125' x 33' addition to south end of hotel; 22 rooms; Architect: N.M. Giller & J.P. Channing
Endangered / Threatened
Endangered by:
Endangered/Threatened remarks:
Recommendations:
Contact:
Tourism / Featured Destination
Open to the public:
Yes
Contact information, Hours, and Amenities:
For Sale, Rent, or Lease
Property Classification:
Sale status:
Sale remarks:
Owner
Ownership type:
Name of Owner:
Owner Mailing Address:
Legal Description of Property/Comments:
Survey and Recorder
Authorized Resource Number or ID :
Optional Tracking or Sequence Number:
Alternate Resource ID or Key:
Survey Date:
2012
Surveyed By:
Alison Garcia Kellar & Melinda Agron
Report Name, or Reason for Survey:
Re-survey of the district
Level of Survey:
reconnaissance
Sources, References, Bibliography
Previously Surveyed?
Yes
Name of Previous Survey:
Additional Research Recommended?
No
Other Sources of Information:
Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser
City of Miami Beach Planning Department records
Miami Design Preservation League records
General Remarks:
Custom / Extra Information
Finished Floor Elevation (NAVD88):
Latitude: 25.7771395698777800
Longitude: -80.1314466889896300
UTM: Zone 17R   587088.2303 mE, 2851290.9040 mN
Datum WGS84
Beacon Hotel east elevation (view when facing west on Ocean Drive)
Signage and surrounding ornamentation on the primary facade of the Beacon Hotel
Porch at the Beacon Hotel
Low-barrier around the porch at the Beacon Hotel
Glass etchings on windows of the lobby that look out onto the porch of the Beacon Hotel
Terrazzo floor design in the lobby of the Beacon Hotel (immediately seen upon entering the primary entryway)
Terrazzo floor design in the lobby of the Beacon Hotel
Terrazzo floor design in the lobby of the Beacon Hotel
Primary entryway at the Beacon Hotel

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