Driving Down the Cadillac Archives

From the balcony of our Cadillac Suite, if you set your eyes on the untouched sparkling horizon, it is possible to imagine a slower time. One with less traffic, a bit less noise, but one where all the glam and splendor of Miami Beach remains. This was a stunning, new, Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club of 1940 designed by well-known Miami Beach architect Roy F. France. 

Shield your eyes from the fresh white paint as you look up to observe the shape of the building with its distinct characteristics of the signature Miami Beach architectural styles: Art Deco and Streamline Moderne. The building has a unique and rich history in Miami Beach, located in the Collins Waterfront Historic District, a two mile long stretch that is made up of a collection of historic buildings dating from the 1920s through the 1960s. The district is located nearby to the Miami Beach Architectural District and an area that was once known as Millionaire’s Row. This district is almost entirely surrounded by water, with the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Lake Pancoast and the Collins Canal to the south, and Indian Creek to the west. 

With many Streamline Moderne buildings of the time, sharp, harsh features were replaced by smooth rounded corners. “Eyebrows,” as they were called, became defining architectural features for many buildings in the area, including Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club. Street corners in the district soon became inviting architectural focal points for all visitors. Themes of technological and architectural innovation can even be seen in the very name of the Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club, specifically its association with the Cadillac Car Company. 

The style and name of this property are indicative of its origin and commitment to innovation and looking to the future. Today, we embrace paving our way into that future, while we also keep one sunglassed eye on the rich history of our past.