Bancroft Hotel Ghost Sign in Miami Beach

Bancroft Hotel Ghost Sign in Miami Beach

Surrounded by posh hotels, restaurants and boutiques, the Bancroft Hotel sits vacant at 1501 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. The building is a fine example of the Streamlined, late Art Deco style, eschewing decoration for Machine Age modernity.

Bancroft Hotel Ghost Sign in Miami Beach

Located just a couple of blocks from the beach, of course the entry terrazzo includes a wave motif:

Bancroft Hotel Ghost Sign in Miami Beach

Bancroft Hotel Ghost Sign in Miami Beach

Bancroft Hotel Ghost Sign in Miami Beach

According to the Miami Design Preservation League, the historic district in Miami Beach includes approximately 1,200 buildings, but I’ve found very little information about this one.

I did come across an amusingly negative review from a few years ago, and the back of this 1946 postcard boasts, “Private beach; Collins Avenue at 15th Street; new; modern completely fireproof; outside rooms; each with private bath and shower; elevator service; spacious terraces; patio; solarium; coffee shop; private parking space; European plan; open year round; newly added 60 deluxe terrace rooms.”

Bancroft Hotel Ghost Sign in Miami Beach

7 thoughts on “Bancroft Hotel Ghost Sign in Miami Beach

  1. Pingback: Art Deco Architecture in Miami Beach | Visualingual

  2. Honeymoond at Bancroft 1948..wonderful memories ..if open would revisit. midst of updated of others..sorry not back. Funny blog states ‘Ghost’ ..correct…not evil spirits.
    MGF

  3. My husband’s Grandfather owned the Bancroft in the 50’s-60’s…when Miami took a big hit to tourism in the 70’s he couldn’t give the place away…heard it sold when it was vacant and run-down in the 80’s for 4+ million…now that it’s vacant again…not sure the price tag…Great Art Deco Bones!!!

  4. This post is out-of-date. I was at the hotel this past Xmas.
    The insides were totally gutted. The contractor showed me around. The inside will be a nice disco that fits the 5th Street beach scene with an eloquent bar. The hotel should have nice rooms. I don’t know how much it will cost for a night, but the hotel next door, the Shorcrest, the rooms go for $500 a night.
    When I was there, I wish I had taken some pics. The scene was totally eerie.
    I’ll probably be there next Xmas to see how it turned out. This time, I’ll have my camera.

  5. Max, this post is 2 1/2 years old. It just documents what I happened to encounter at a given point in time. It’s great to hear that something is finally being done with this building, and I’m sure that Ann W. will be happy to have an update.

    Everyone, thanks so much for sharing your experiences!

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