Video: South Beach’s Plymouth Hotel

It’s a can’t-miss Collins Park landmark: The striking geometry of the Plymouth Hotel marks the building, designed by Anton Skislewicz and completed in 1940, as an Art Deco classic. Other Skislewicz designs on South Beach include the distinctive Kenmore Hotel on Washington Avenue and the iconic Breakwater Hotel on Ocean Drive.

When this film clip aired in 1977 the Plymouth was on the road to restoration. The hotel already had some interesting history behind it, having housed GIs during World War II. And more history lay a decade or so ahead, when the Plymouth served as a residence for members of the New World Symphony. Today the Plymouth’s tower faces Collins Park, still a standout in the company of the Bass Museum, Miami City Ballet’s headquarters, the Miami Beach Regional Library, the W Hotel and several Art Deco-era survivors.

 

 

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