Mt Vernon Hotel Headed Towards RestorationMarch 22, 2014
Since I moved to Miami Beach in 1995, the Mt. Vernon Hotel has stood vacant. Home to pigeons, slowly decaying, and simply overlooked during the last real estate boom, the Mt Vernon has been recently re-discovered. Originally built as a 36 unit hotel, the Mt Vernon is located within the North Beach Resort Historic District. The plans presented to the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board (HPB) in January provide some wonderful history about the Mt Vernon, as well as the two surrounding properties. According to the plans, the Mt Vernon was the first of 3 hotels built by Louis Levy in December 1947. The Monticello & The Stephen Foster (now the Lombardi Inn) were finished and ready by February 1948, and provided a total of 151 rooms. All three were designed in a Neoclassical Revival style by Joseph J. DeBrita & A. Kononoff, who coincidentally also designed the Tropicaire Hotel in North Beach in 1941 which currently suffers from an acute state of abandonment, hoping to share a similar fate of rediscovery as the Mt. Vernon.
The architect, Itec Design, added a third floor recessed towards the southwest corner of the building and Green roof top deck with pool. The Mt Vernon will feature 17 one bedroom units and 6 studios for a total of 23 units. Some of the studios and 1 bedroom units feature connecting doors creating a great purchasing option for extended families. Balconies were added to the south & west side of the building, with 2 facing east over Collins. Two of the units on the third floor feature a large private terrace. The third floor will also feature a solarium, gym and BBQ area. Check out the renderings below:
The Mt Vernon is perfect for a family looking for their winter escape in Miami Beach, with manageable services while being steps to the beach, their most sought after amenity. With North Beach sandwiched between South Beach & Bal Harbour, there are so many options available to Mt Vernon residents, including those found right along the Beachwalk in North Beach.
Stay tuned for more information on upcoming projects in North Beach. Developers are finding great opportunities for redevelopment here, from restoration to new construction, and Urban Resource wants to keep you well informed. Call us today if you would like your own tour of exciting North Beach.