Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ocean Spray Hotel
is listed in the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1936.
Location. 25° 48.819′ N, 80° 7.383′ W. Marker is in Miami Beach, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of Collins Avenue (State Road A1A) and 42nd Street, on the left when traveling north on Collins Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4130 Collins Ave, Miami Beach FL 33140, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Westover Arms (within shouting distance of this marker); Collins Waterfront Architectural District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Judy Nelson Drucker, Cultural Impresaria (approx. half a mile away); Melvin J. Richard (approx. 1.2 miles away); Carlos J. Finlay (approx. 1.2 miles away); Simón BolívarJosé Martí (approx. 1.2 miles away); Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miami Beach.
Regarding Ocean Spray Hotel. Excerpt from the National Register nomination:
Even though not among the largest most architecturally notable hotels erected in Miami Beach during the 1930s, the Ocean Spray Hotel, completed in 1936, is significant as one of those that reflected the new trend of appealing to the financial means of middle-class Americans seeking to enjoy a short winter vacation in America’s famous and exotic Florida resort city. … The Ocean Spray featured an attractive lobby, and guest rooms with private baths. The hotel also boasted gas space heaters in each guest room and maid and laundry service for its patrons. This was a far cry from the accommodations offered to middle-class tourists during the 1920s. Beachfront property was too valuable to construct hotels for the common man. The less than wealthy tourists had often found it necessary to stay at small, cramped hotels and rooming houses and had had to share bathroom facilities with other guests. New hotels, like the Ocean Spray, located on or near the Atlantic beach, close to the commercial and entertainment heart of Miami Beach, not only proved a boon to middle-class tourists but also helped reenergize the economy of the city during the difficult times of the 1930s.
Also see . . .
1. Ocean Spray Hotel (PDF). National Register of Historic Places nomination for the building. It also includes details on the development of Miami Beach. (National Archives and Records Administration) (Submitted on March 13, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
2. Collins Waterfront Architectural District (PDF). National Register of Historic Places nomination for the district, of which the Ocean Spray Hotel is a contributing building. The district contains more than 100 buildings featuring six distinct architectural styles. (National Archives and Records Administration) (Submitted on March 13, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.