1131 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Kent Hotel

Construction date: documented 1939*

Current name:

Kent Hotel

Architect:

L. Murray Dixon

Builder:

Prufert-Wien Construction Company

Style:

Collins avenue hotel, Art Deco.

R. A. Belsham, engineer Asymmetrical facade design; Continuous eyebrows rounded at corners wrap around southwest corner of the building at first, second and third floor levels; Rounded eyebrow above primary entryway; "Kent" neon signage directly above primary entryway; Additional "Kent" neon signage on narrow vertical element that rises significantly above the roofline (mass additionally is ornamented with horizontal banding at the top and a stepped top); Highly ornate use of terrazzo flooring in several different multi-colored designs both inside and outside; Coral rock veneer; Porthole cut-out ornamentation on the southern end of the west elevation; Horizontal banding above first floor level, just below third floor level windows and at cornice; Slightly stepped ziggurat parapet roofline.

Open to the public:

Yes.  

Historical Summary:

R. A. Belsham, engineer

Significant Owner(s):

April Realty Company (original)

 

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:

Architecture
Community Planning and Development

Associated Files:

Architectural Description:

This is a 3-story domestic building in the Art Deco style built in 1939. The structural system is concrete block stucco. The foundation is spread footing. Exterior walls are oolitic limestone and stucco. Coral stone veneer used around primary entryway, at the first floor level of the building's southwest corner, and around one of the doorways on the porch. The building has a flat with parapet roof. Windows are replacement aluminum fixed. There is a half-span open patio. Porch extends out from the building across the western end of the south elevation; Access to porch either from the street at the southern tip of the porch or through the lobby; Terrazzo floor design; Small portion is shaded by an eyebrow above the first floor level of the hotel; Low wall of painted Roman brick supports the elevated porch; Simple metal railing. Primary entryway is fairly centered on the west elevation up two low steps from the ground level; Decorative metal railing leads up the steps to the doorway; Glass double door flanked on either side and the top by fixed window; Primary entryway is framed by yellow oolitic limestone veneer.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

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