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Fontainebleau Miami Beach (2011)
Location 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida, US 33140
Area 180,525 m2 (1,943,150 sq ft)
Built 1954; 67 years ago (1954)
Architect Morris Lapidus
Architectural style Miami Modern Architecture (MiMo)
Visitation 16,349,845 (2015)
NRHP reference No. 08001318
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Added to NRHP December 22, 2008
Designated NHL June 24, 2010

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (also known as Fontainebleau Hotel) is a hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. Designed by Morris Lapidus, the luxury hotel opened in 1954. In 2007, the Fontainebleau Hotel was ranked ninety-third in the American Institute of Architects list of "America's Favorite Architecture". On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter ranked the Fontainebleau first on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located on Collins Avenue and is owned by Fontainebleau Resorts.

History

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Fontainebleau Hotel in March 1955. Photo by Samuel Gottscho.
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Fontainebleau Hotel, 2004
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The hotel was built by hotelier Ben Novack on the grounds of the former Harvey Firestone estate. Novack owned and operated the hotel until its bankruptcy in 1977.

The Fontainebleau is noted for its victory in the landmark 1959 Florida District Courts of Appeal decision, Fontainebleau Hotel Corp. v. Forty-Five Twenty-Five, Inc. 114 So. 2d 357, in which the Fontainebleau Hotel successfully appealed an injunction by the neighboring Eden Roc Hotel to prevent construction of an expansion that blocked sunlight to the Eden Roc's swimming pool. The Court rejected the Eden Roc's claim to an easement allowing sunlight, in favor of affirming the Fontainebleau's vertical property rights to build on its land. It stated that the "ancient lights" doctrine had been unanimously repudiated in the United States.

In 1978, Stephen Muss bought the Fontainebleau Hotel for $27 million, thus rescuing it from bankruptcy. He injected an additional $100 million into the hotel for improvements and hired the Hilton company to manage it. In 2005, the Muss Organization sold the Fontainebleau to Turnberry Associates for $165 million.

The hotel closed a large part of its property in 2006, though one building remained open to hotel guests, and the furnishings were available for sale. The expanded hotel and its new condominium buildings re-opened in November 2008.

On December 22, 2008, the Fontainebleau was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Renovations

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Lobby

Fontainebleau's grand re-opening on November 18, 2008 marked the end of a two-year, $1 billion transformation. Special care was taken to preserve many of the original design elements, including the "Staircase to Nowhere" (formally called the "floating staircase"). The hotel's elaborate re-opening celebrations included hosting the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show.

Restaurants and nightclubs in the complex include:

  • Stripsteak by Michael Mina (formerly named FB Steakhouse and originally named "Gotham Steak")
  • Scarpetta (Italian)
  • Hakkasan (Cantonese)
  • La Côte (bi-level poolside bar and grille)
  • Blade Sushi
  • Vida (Pan American)
  • Fresh (Snacks & Gelato)
  • SFX Entertainment LIV Nightclub, a.k.a. '54 (formerly Tropigala Lounge)
  • Bleau Bar
  • Glow Bar
  • Michael Mina Pizza & Burger (formerly Arkadia)
  • Chez Bon Bon (pastries and chocolates; formerly named Solo)

Pronunciation

The local pronunciation of the hotel's name is the Anglicized "fountain blue" rather than the normal French pronunciation of the word.

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