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The Monterrey Motel 40 Island Avenue

Brochure for the Monterrey Motel, once located at 40 Island Avenue on Belle Isle was built in 1953 and designed by architect Norman Giller. Norman Giller’s name is familiar to many South Florida architecture buffs. Giller’s hotel designs are considered groundbreaking works of Miami Modern or MiMo architecture. His other works include the Ocean Palm and Thunderbird Motels in Sunny Isles Beach, the Carillon Hotel and the North Shore Bandshell in North Beach. The Monterrey became the Lido Spa, a sun-baked retreat for retirees in 1960. The new owner of Lido added the three-story lobby and spa building with the classic sign and gold grille panels. The Lido closed in 2005 but the historic “Lido Spa Hotel” sign still remains on the building’s facade, even after the 2005 renovation by Alison Spear of Arquitectonica. The hotel is currently known as The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Current day photo of the Lido Spa/Standard Hotel
1950's Brochure for Monterrey Motel

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