Design of the Times

During his long career, Morris Lapidus worked on hundreds of architectural projects, including stores, hotels and motels, apartment buildings and public housing projects, banks, schools, synagogues, hospitals, laboratories, theaters, shopping malls, municipal facilities, office buildings, convention centers, country clubs, private homes, and cruise ships. The architect's involvement ranged from remodeling interiors to adding wings to designing entire structures from scratch.

Below is a chronological list of most of his work in Dade County. Those projects that are no longer standing or that, in Lapidus's opinion, don't retain the integrity of his original designs, are preceded by an asterisk (*).

1938*Mangel's, Miami
1947*Ansonia, Miami Beach
1950 Sans Souci Hotel, 3101 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (interiors)
1951*Biltmore Terrace Hotel, MiamiBeach
1952 Sun 'N Surf Motel, 11102 Biscayne Blvd.
1953 Di Lido Hotel, 1669 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
*Algiers Hotel, Miami Beach

1954 Fontainebleau Hotel (now Fontainebleau Hilton Resort and Spa), 4441 Collins Ave.,Miami Beach

Eden Roc Hotel, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
1955*Americana Hotel of Bal Harbour
1957 Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach
Maisel's Restaurant (now the Belle Aire Restaurant),
18288 Collins Ave.,Miami Beach
Shelborne Beach Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (room additions)
1958 Private residence, 5160 N. Bay Rd., Miami Beach
*Variety Children's Hospital (now Miami Children's Hospital)
1959Bank of Miami Beach (now Capital Bank), 780 41st St., Miami Beach
*Lido Beach Hotel, Miami Beach
1960Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami, 2400 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach
Meridian Office Building, 1680 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach
*Alix of Miami (Miami)
Terrace Towers, 3 Island Ave., Miami Beach
1961Crystal House, 5055 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Bal Moral Apartments, 9801 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
1962*Kings Bay Yacht Club, Miami
Temple Menorah, 620 75th St., Miami Beach (remodeling)
Miami Children's Hospital Research Building, 6125 SW 31st St.
1963Swire Apartments, Coral Gables (renovation)
1964Seacoast Towers South, 5101 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Beekman Hotel, 9499 Collins Ave., Surfside
Mayfair Apartments (now Mayfair Towers on the Ocean), 9195
Collins Ave., Miami Beach
1965Seacoast Towers East, 5151 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables
1966Junior Chamber International Building, 400 University Dr., Coral Gables
Skylake Shopping Mall, 1698 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
Miami Beach Fire Station, 2300 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach
1967Oceanside Plaza Condominium, 5555 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Royal Embassy Apartments, 5750 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
1968Regency Tower Apartments, 5838 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Arlen Beach Condominium, 5701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Greater Miami Jewish Federation Building, 4200 Biscayne Blvd.,

1969Surfside Royal Apartments (now Surfside Beach Club Apart=ments), 9201 Collins Ave., Surfside

1971Villa Dorada Complex, 20250 W. Country Club Dr.
Bonavista Hi-Rise (now the Bonavista Condominium), 3375 N. Country Club Dr.
Gusman Concert Hall University of Miami, Coral Gables
1972Arlen House East, 100 Bayview Dr.

Gusman Olympia Theater (now Gusman Center for the Performing Arts), 174 E. Flagler

St., Miami (renovation)
Coronado Condominiums, 20301 W. Country Club Dr.
Citizens Federal Savings and Loan Building (now Citizens Federal Bank) 1221 Brickell Ave., Miami

Opera Association of Greater Miami, 1200 Coral Way, Miami
1444 Building, 1444 BrickellAve., Miami
1973Bal Harbour 101 Apartments, 10155 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
Office building, 1301 Dade Blvd., Miami Beach

*Jackie Gleason Theatre of the Performing Arts, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach (renovation)

Flamenco Towers, 3701 N. Country Club Dr.
South Shore Community Center, 833 Sixth St., Miami Beach
Mardi Gras, cruise ship, Carnival Cruise Lines (renamed the
Olympic and now owned by Epirotiki Lines, Athens, Greece)
1974University of Miami Law Library, University of Miami, Coral Gables

1975Mount Sinai Medical Center, Warner Pavilion and Greenspan Building, 4300 Alton Rd., Miami

Beach Carnivale, cruise ship, Carnival Cruise Lines (rebuilt)
Carnival Cruise Lines Terminal Building, Dodge Island, Miami


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >