750 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Empire Hotel

Construction date: documented 1935*

Current name:

Empire Hotel


L. Murray Dixon


S.C. Davis


Collins avenue hotel, Art Deco.

Symmetrical tripartite primary facade (east elevation); Recessed portholes ornament building just below the roofline; Stepped ziggurat roofline; Fluted vertical spandrels; Vertical fluting above first, second and third floor level windows; Fluting on four porch columns that separate the 3 bay design; Terrazzo porch floor design; Vertical racing stripe on either side of outer bay windows that extends from the second floor level to the roofline

Open to the public:

Yes.   *Note: Only the first floor level retail space is open to the public


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, 3-bay domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1935. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is cement blocks. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are stucco. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum jalacy casement. Second and third floor level windows are a set of casement windows flanked by adjacent fixed windows; The central bay windows are then also flanked by singular stand-alone fixed windows. There is a single-story, full-span open porch characterized by an integrated (under the main) roof with fluted stuccoed posts. Porch is full-span across the east elevation, with the entrance to the porch directly centered up one step and the primary entryway directly behind that; Porch is cut out into the building; Porch is framed by four evenly-spaced fluted columns; Two-colored terrazzo floor design; Edges of porch finished in brick; Highly ornamented metal railing (waves along the top, diamonds and circles below). Primary entryway is centered on the east elevation; Glass door with narrow fixed glass window on either side and fixed glass arched window on top.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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