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.