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Miami Design Preservation League

1230-1236 Ocean Dr   Miami Beach, Florida USA

Detail Survey Form

In Front Apartments

Common name: Hotel Ocean

Construction date: 1934*

Architect: L. Murray Dixon

Builder: Riley Construction Company

Style: Apartment/multi-unit complex, Mediterranean Revival. Picturesque interior courtyard; Clay barrel tile roof; Arched doorways inside courtyard; Rough stucco walls; Unusual configuration for Ocean Drive with two mirror image buildings oriented sideways; Little added decoration or ornamentation (records show that much of the original ornamentation has been removed)

Open to the public: Yes. 

Significant Owner(s): L. Yolles

Historic Designation: National (Miami Beach Architectural District, 1979) ; Local (Ocean Drive/Collins Avenue District, 1986)



Architectural Description:

This is a 3-story, 3-bay domestic building in the Mediterranean Revival style built in 1934. The structural system is concrete block. The foundation is reinforced concrete. Exterior walls are stucco. Exterior walls are rough stucco; Added ledges and quoins made of smooth stucco The building has a mansard roof clad in replacement spanish tile. Windows are replacement aluminum casements. There is a five-story, rear ell, extension addition. Both buildings added onto by 5-story addition hidden behind the original Approach the primary entryway through the central courtyard; Courtyard leads to several entryways into both buildings; Present primary entryway is located towards the rear of the southern building

* Date source: Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser

Description generated by RuskinARC.

  • Hotel Ocean east elevation (view when facing west on Ocean Drive)
  • North building of the Hotel Ocean, east elevation
  • South building of the Hotel Ocean, east elevation
  • Courtyard between the two Hotel Ocean buildings (view when facing east)
  • Courtyard between the two Hotel Ocean buildings (view when facing west)
  • Example of arched doorway in the interior courtyard
  • Interior decoration in what is now the lobby of the south building

Associated Files:

  1. 1236_OCEAN_DR.pdf