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The Hampton Hotel

The Hampton Hotel located at the corner of Lincoln Road and Michigan Avenue is a 3-story building in the Mediterranean Revival style with Art Deco influences. Built in April 1926, it was designed by Martin L. Hampton who also designed the Miami Beach City Hall building and the Claridge Hotel at 3500 Collins Avenue, among many others. The building features exterior walls made of original oolitic limestone with porthole ornamental openings; a clay barrel tile roof; horizontal banding; a terrazzo floor entrance; and an octagonal tower on the northwest corner. The building was  multipurpose as it housed a fifty-four room hotel with office space and eight ground floor retail stores. The original permit for construction lists the address as 930-946 Lincoln Road as well as 1627-1635 Michigan Avenue. The 1928-1932 directories show the Hampton Arcade which seemed to be a collection of shops & offices at 928 Lincoln Rd. At the time, Lincoln Road was described as “The Fifth Avenue of The South”, near shopping, the theater district, golf, bathing, and churches.

Back in 1925, a group calling itself the Miami Beach Library and Art Institute Association, requested architect Russell Pancoast to prepare blueprints for a library, art museum and natural history museum, all to be built in Miami Beach. Enthusiasm and fund raising for this project was high and pledges reached $100,000. Unfortunately, much of the money went uncollected when The Great Hurricane hit in 1926 and a few years later the stock market crashed. Until an appropriate library could be built, the Miami Beach Woman’s Club operated its own library in the Hampton Arcade on Lincoln Road. When first organized, the library contained 947 volumes. The number of books grew to 6,600 in a short time. The Miami Beach Woman’s Club had their office on the 2nd floor there, but the Miami Beach Public Library was listed as a separate storefront around the corner at 1633 Michigan Ave., with Bertha Aldrich as Librarian.  

Today at the corner of Lincoln Road and Michigan Avenue where the Hampton Hotel once stood, you will find Finnegan’s Road, an Irish pub.     

    

Miami Herald ad published December 1, 1935
Miami Beach Woman’s Club operated its own library in the Hampton Arcade on Lincoln Road; Credit to book Miami Beach: A Centennial History by Kleinberg & Klepser
Miami Herald ad published 1931
1955 postcard where tourist is staying at the Hampton Hotel
Current day photo of Finnegan’s Road on the corner of Michigan Ave and Lincoln Road
Vintage postcard of the Hampton Hotel at 942 Lincoln Road

What would Miami Beach be like without Historic Art Deco, Mediterranean, and MiMo buildings?

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