900 a Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Coral Apartments

Construction date: documented 1920*


Donald G. Smith


Masterbilt Corporation


Apartment/multi-unit complex, Other.

Unique home built nearly entirely of coral rock; Unlike surrounding buildings with use coral rock stone as a veneer, this stone has been left as close to its original form as possible (has not been flattened, smoothed or shined)

The building was restored as shown in the images. All the windows & interior parts are replacement. The house was finished being restored in 2013. The roof has clay barrel tiles.


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 1-story commercial building in the Other style built in 1920. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is native rock. The foundation is spread footing. Exterior walls are coral rock. Use of coral rock on this building marks it as one of the most unique in the district. The building has a flat roof. Primary entryway is off-center on the east elevation, sitting to the north of the elevation; Up a flight of five concrete steps with coral rock railing and ornamentation on either side. There is a single-story, rear, extension addition. 1 bedroom added to rear of building.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

Description generated by RuskinARC.