616 Collins Ave Miami Beach, Florida USA

Wheeler Building

Construction date: documented 1926*


(none recorded)


L. A. Wessel


Commercial, Mediterranean Revival.

Slightly asymmetrical original facade design; Arched central parapet at roofline; Clay barrel tile roof; Large arches with wrought-iron fixtures separates interior space in two; Rough stucco walls

Open to the public:


Significant Owner(s):

Chas F. Wheeler (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:

Community Planning and Development

Architectural Description:

This is a 2-story, 4-bay commercial building in the Mediterranean Revival style built in 1926. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is cement blocks. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are replacement stucco. Clay barrel tile used as roofing ornamentation where it shows over the roofline. Windows are replacement aluminum single-hung sashes. Large fixed windows used as display cases line the east elevation of the first floor level. No porch; Interior architecture suggests that there was once a full-span porch recessed into the building at the first floor level (evidence for this is the series of large arches immediate upon entering the current primary entryway, which suggest a previous primary entryway; Those large arches are ornamented with wrought-iron fixtures that take up nearly all of the space inside the arches that are not used as a means of egress). Primary entryway is slightly off-center on the east elevation, towards the north end of the elevation; Glass double door framed in white-painted wood with a thin fixed rectangular window above.

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

Description generated by RuskinARC.