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 building is rectangular in plan. 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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