Minoru Yamasaki’s Colonnade Plaza On Brickell Avenue Under Conversion From Office To Hotel

A quirky Brickell Avenue office building that was designed by the same architect who designed the World Trade Center is being converted into a hotel.

The building known as Colonnade Plaza at 1201 Brickell Avenue is now under renovation, city records show.

The 9-story office building was designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the twin-tower World Trade Center in New York.

Features include “Romanesque” columns that extend from the street level to the roof.

It was originally built as a regional office for Mutual of Omaha, and was completed in 1968.

Today, a CVS occupies the ground floor.

According to a construction permit filed in June 2020, four floors of the building are being converted to hotel.

The hotel will have 95 rooms on levels 4, 5, 6 and 7, with a total of 43,441 square feet on those floors.

Total cost of renovation listed in the permit is $3,883,600.

There are also other permits for roofing work and elevator repair.

A separate permit was filed to build a pool, spa, or fountain at a cost of $96,000. A nearby property where the Norman Foster supertall towers are planned is likely being used as a staging area for the work, as it shares the same owner.

Tibor Hollo’s Florida East Coast Realty is the owner.

 

(photo: Phillip Pessar)

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Anonymous
4 months ago

This is one of those builds I’m glad they have made the effort to preserve, when you think of brickell over the decades, this building always comes to mind.

Anonymous
4 months ago

For years this building– and the Bacardi building up the Blvd– were the ONLY things Miami had going for it. Always loved both. Never knew the architect was behind the World Trade Center towers. Glad its being saved and not torn down.

ILoveMiami
4 months ago

I agree. Beautiful building.

Marc
4 months ago

Hate to break it to the “towers only” crowd, but not every building in Brickell can be a 900 foot story high-rise. Even in Manhattan there is a constant mix of towers, mid-rises, and low-rises such as this one. Glad it’s being preserved.

Anonymous but you can call me Mike
4 months ago

Please let’s elevate the decor of this historical building. The hotel will do a much better job a keeping this clean and free of litter. If you visited recently you can notice that CVS does a very poor job at this.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This building and the WGBS building located at 710 Brickell were fine example of 1960;s architecture in Miami. The WGBS building was demolished prior to being eligible for historic designation. Hopefully this building will be saved for a long time to come.

The site of the WGBS building is an empty lot in the corner of 8th street and Brickell.
It is planned to some day be a 1000 foot super tower part of Brickell City Centre.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I believe 710 Brickell was from the 1940s. Too bad Brickell had so much beautiful pre-war architecture which could have been integrated into development the same way this post-war example did. Although most of it was gone before preservation was a thing, we could have at least seen it within West Brickell and Edgewater, the latter where the only example had a crane mysteriously fall and destroy a preserved mansion.

Anonymous
4 months ago

5th Ave in NYC used to have palace like mansions and now it’s all high rises. Similarly brickell used to be mansions and now it’s high rises as well. Not everything can be saved.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Nice!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Fancy

Anonymous
4 months ago

So much for the demand for office space

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s going to be difficult to complete with new builds in the area like 830 Brickell. Modern amenities and updated floor plans will draw away demand from older buildings like this one. A hotel, however, can come in and repurpose the building and reinvent it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Um, 830 Brickell, and office building which is not that far from this building, is under construction as we speak.

Mike Brady
4 months ago

Cool building. Reminds me of the best of Southern California architecture in the late 60s early 70s.

Realtalk Reilly
4 months ago

I wonder why the Gordon Biersch restaurant that used to be there closed? It always seemed to be doing good business. Thought maybe the whole chain went under, but just looked it up and nope. They still have locations in other places. Maybe the hotel will feature a restaurant there, it’s a great place for it with the outdoor terrace and everything.

Dave the Crackhead ™
4 months ago

used to be a great skate spot

Anonymous
4 months ago

Good, go to an f-ing skate park rather than destroying property and yelling like mongoloids.

J.M.
4 months ago

Dad, stop…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Cool, no more crappy CVS. Time to get rid of the 7-Eleven down the street, too!

Anonymous
4 months ago

What? That CVS is the best amenitie of the entire block.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Only $4M to renovate and make it a hotel? It is more than clear that Tibor only do poor quality jobs

Anonymous
4 months ago

Or probably uses a low number for the permit as the fee is a percentage of cost.

Anonymous
4 months ago

What a gorgeous building.
Too bad more office space is lost. Probably more migration to Doral or Miramar

Anonymous
4 months ago

Or maybe the 600,000+ sq ft of new Class A office 3 blocks away will be more attractive than the 45,000 sq ft of functionally obsolescent office space in 1201 Brickell which was built 52 years ago.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Interesting investment, but definitely not the highest and best use in terms of density – surprised its not being replaced by a 60 story tower.

Anonymous
4 months ago

A better area to build more 60 story towers would be downtown and north of downtown.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It is “attached” legally to 1200 Brickell Bay Drive (The Club at Brickell Bay), so there are probably massive hurdles to doing so. Good news, it that building is gorgeous. Its a shame that CVS is occupying a perfectly amazing dining terrace, but that is the way that it goes.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Better to demolish the existing building and put a 900 footer in its place.same rules apply to Four Ambassadors

Anonymous
4 months ago

This building is much better and way less ugly and intrusive as the four ambassadors. The ambassadors take up so much water frontage all for 4 shxtty buildings

Anonymous
4 months ago

Four Ambassadors is by far the biggest eyesore in Brickell. They should be demolished immediately.

POLO
4 months ago

I think this building eventually will be designated a historic building and will never be demolish.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You know, for you people that wanna bash them, the Four Ambassadors WERE (with the exception of maybe two more buildings) the only buildings Brickell had to brag about.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The Four Embarrassments were the start of turning a great mansion district into a vertical suburb. Honestly, if Brickell remained how it was, the CBD would have been infill redeveloped to be a lot more vertical, walkable, and better.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Son, the Four Amassadors didn’t do anything to Brickell, most of those mansion owners sold out to make way for the Metroraial.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I agree with you on the Four ambassadors, but definitely not this building.

Anonymous
4 months ago

If Tibor could have done so he would have. Must be some restriction.