Thursday, June 14, 2007

Americana Motor Inn

Preservation Online reports that the Fort Lauderdale city council turned down a developer's request to demolish the Americana Motor Inn, most recently a Best Western, and currently vacant. The Americana's distinctive seven-pointed roof would have been replaced by a 12-story hotel (The Sails) near the Port of Ft. Lauderdale.

The hotel is an outstanding example of modern architecture in South Florida. Designed by Charles McKirahan and Arthur Rude in the early 1960s, the motel features a hyperbolic paraboloid concrete shell roof, which was intended to invoke images of ocean waves.

HOME Ft. Lauderdale featured the Americana Motor Inn in its November 2005 issue as one of the 10 most architecturally significant structures in Fort Lauderdale.

"Americana at Risk" (The Slatin Report)

Docomomo/US Florida

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