720 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, Florida USA

Beacon Hotel

Construction date: documented 1937*

Current name:

Beacon Hotel


Harry O. Nelson


O'Neill & Orr Building Corporation


Ocean drive hotel, Art Deco.

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

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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 5-story domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1937. The structural system is reinforced concrete. The foundation is spread footing. Exterior walls are stucco and pre-cast concrete. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Ziggurat roof line. Windows are replacement aluminum single-hung sashes. Paired on either side of central elevation and single in the center. Terrazzo mosaic flooring; Art deco geometric patterned railing; Eight columns delimitating the space; Racing stripes; Glass block; Split level patio. 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. There is a three-story, side, extension addition. 25' x 125' x 33' addition to south end of hotel; 22 rooms; Architect: N.M. Giller & J.P. Channing.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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