Davis Hotel

Henry Hohauser

Like Art Deco buildings, this structure has a tripartite facade with an emphasis on the central bay. The exaggerated eyebrows above the second story windows curve around the corners and the canopy for the first floor is essentially one long eyebrow. In addition, this is a small, low building, like many others Art Deco hotels of the period. However, Richard and Valerie Beaubien describe the design as "Moderne Style," "an extension and simplication of Art Deco." They point out Hohauser's use of nautical motifs on this hotel (as well as others), especially evident in the "prow-like mass of glass block" thrusting forward. (193)

Work Cited:
Richard and Valerie Beaubien. Discovering South Beach Deco: Walking Tours in the Miami Beach Art Deco District. Bolton, Mass: Domani Press, 2004.

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