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Fontainebleau Resort Hotel

View of the Fontainebleau Resort Hotel after the project

Miami Beach, Florida

When the Fontainebleau Resort Hotel was constructed, it became famous for its luxury and design. Now, a massive restoration project with help from a Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit helped the hotel keep its reputation. The $317 million project repaired and improved the two historic sections of the resort – the 1954 Morris Lapidus main section and the 1959 A. Herbert Mathes tower. The Lapidus portion is a huge crescent-shaped structure, 11 stories tall and 440 feet long. The Mathes Tower is 14 stories high and is distinguished by the “Cheese Wall,” an exterior wall pierced by circular openings. The project included repairing and restoring the exterior features, restoring lobbies, ballrooms and other spaces, rehabilitating the guestroom floors, adding a guestroom tower, and constructing site amenities.

Photo: View of the Fontainebleau Resort Hotel after the project
– NPS file