Waldorf Hotel

Albert Anis
860 Ocean Drive

Art Deco and Moderne style

The vertical emphasis, in this case a kind of light house (or ship's crow's nest) rather than a tower sign, signifies the Art Deco style while the relatively undecorated planar surfaces seem more moderne. While it lacks the symmetrical tripartite facade, so common in Miami Art Deco hotels, still, the recurrent eyebrows, often continuous and wrapping around corners, as here, and the glass brick underneath the tower are Art Deco. The simple low relief fluting recurs on Art Deco hotels as well. Sometimes hotels with nautical motifs, like the lighthouse tower here, are defined as Miami Beach Tropical Deco. The porch is more classical but is hidden by the umbrellas.

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