Flamingo Hotel, Miami Beach

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Flamingo Hotel
General information
Status Closed
Location Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Coordinates 25°47′13″N 80°08′41″W / 25.7870°N 80.1447°W / 25.7870; -80.1447Coordinates: 25°47′13″N 80°08′41″W / 25.7870°N 80.1447°W / 25.7870; -80.1447
Groundbreaking 1920
Construction started 1920
Topped-out 1921
Opening 1921
Closed 1955
Demolished 1955
Technical details
Floor count 47
Floor area 420 m2 (4,500 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Will Price
Developer Carl G. Fisher
Other information
Number of suites 1,117
Number of restaurants 1
Parking 669
The Flamingo South Beach apartments as seen from the Biscayne Bay seawall, 7 July 2003

The Flamingo Hotel overlooked Biscayne Bay on the west side of the newly formed city of Miami Beach, Florida, until the 1950s, when it was torn down to make room for the new Morton Towers development,[1] which is now known as the Flamingo South Beach.

History[edit]

The hotel was built by pioneering Miami Beach developer Carl G. Fisher in 1920,[2] designed by Price and McLanahan, and opened in 1921. An adjoining golf course was designed by Captain H.C. Tippet. Fisher was determined to avoid the ocean-side beaches where his development partner John S. Collins had established a casino. He saw the smooth waters of Biscayne Bay as the perfect place for a boat racing spectacle, as an attraction for wealthy and refined tourists.[3] The automobile racing promoter established the Biscayne Bay Speed Boat Regattas near Belle Isle as a publicity draw for his large new hotel. He would continue to stoke the exotic vacation destination image that drove the land boom in the area with stunts like his publicity photos with his elephant Rosie.[citation needed] The Flamingo site overlooks Flagler Monument Island in Biscayne Bay.

In 1935, despite a reservation by the New York Giants baseball team, Jewish players Phil Weintraub and Harry Danning were refused entry to the hotel, which had a "No Jews" policy. However, the hotel backed down and the Jewish players were allowed to stay, when Giants manager Bill Terry threatened that he would remove the whole team to another hotel if his Jewish ballplayers were not allowed in.[4][5][6]

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