A Legacy of Luxury

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Situated on land once owned by Miami Beach pioneer John Collins, Alton Bay is located in an area with a rich and vibrant history. From its origins as a winter playground in the 1920s to its prominent location during the area’s boom years, the evolution of the site mirrors the growth and development of Miami Beach.

TRAVEL THROUGH THE HISTORY OF ALTON BAY

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1915

Throughout the 1910s, entrepreneur and developer Carl Fisher embarks on an ambitious plan to transform Miami Beach into an island paradise for wealthy northerners.

Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami
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1919

Handwritten letter from Carl Fisher dated May 19, 1919 on behalf of the Alton Beach Realty Company regarding the purchase of 68.2 acres in Mid-Beach for the sum of $500.

Courtesy of University of Miami Special Collection.
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1924

Fisher’s legendary Nautilus by the Bay opens at 43rd Street and Alton Road (the site of today’s Mount Sinai Medical Center). Today’s Alton Bay sits on land just south of Nautilus’ famed Polo Fields.

Photo courtesy of Matlack Collection, HistoryMiami
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1928

Aerial photograph of Nautilus Hotel and surrounding neighborhood looking toward the southern end of Miami Beach, circa late 1920s. A growing number of luxury homes, including three residences on the current site of Alton Bay, are built in the area throughout the 20s and 30s.

Photo courtesy of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
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1935

Miami Beach becomes “America’s Winter Playground” as grand resorts, including the Nautilus, Flamingo, and Roney Plaza Hotel, entertain American socialites, European royalty, and Hollywood notables.

Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami
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1944

The once pristine Polo Fields of the Nautilus serve as a training ground for waves servicemen passing through Miami Beach during World War II.

Photo courtesy of Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami
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1950

In the jubilant post-war years, Miami Beach enters a new era marked by a glamorous lifestyle and luxury living.

Photo Courtesy Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami
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1954

The iconic Fontainebleau Hotel opens in Mid-Beach. Designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus, the resort helps give rise to a bold and dramatic style that would come to be known as Miami Modernist architecture or “MiMo.”

Photo Courtesy of Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami
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1960s

Throughout the 50s and 60s, Collins Avenue was transformed by luxurious resorts and grand oceanfront apartment buildings on a scale never before seen on Miami Beach.

Photo courtesy of Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami
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2018

Alton Bay joins a number of new luxury developments breathing new life into the historic heart of Miami Beach.

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Throughout the 1910s, entrepreneur and developer Carl Fisher embarks on an ambitious plan to transform Miami Beach into an island paradise for wealthy northerners.

Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami
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Handwritten letter from Carl Fisher dated May 19, 1919 on behalf of the Alton Beach Realty Company regarding the purchase of 68.2 acres in Mid-Beach for the sum of $500.

Courtesy of University of Miami Special Collection.
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Fisher’s legendary Nautilus by the Bay opens at 43rd Street and Alton Road (the site of today’s Mount Sinai Medical Center). Today’s Alton Bay sits on land just south of Nautilus’ famed Polo Fields.

Photo courtesy of Matlack Collection, HistoryMiami
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Aerial photograph of Nautilus Hotel and surrounding neighborhood looking toward the southern end of Miami Beach, circa late 1920s. A growing number of luxury homes, including three residences on the current site of Alton Bay, are built in the area throughout the 20s and 30s.

Photo courtesy of the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
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Miami Beach becomes “America’s Winter Playground” as grand resorts, including the Nautilus, Flamingo, and Roney Plaza Hotel, entertain American socialites, European royalty, and Hollywood notables.

Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami
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The once pristine Polo Fields of the Nautilus serve as a training ground for waves servicemen passing through Miami Beach during World War II.

Photo courtesy of Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami
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In the jubilant post-war years, Miami Beach enters a new era marked by a glamorous lifestyle and luxury living.

Photo Courtesy Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami
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TThe iconic Fontainebleau Hotel opens in Mid-Beach. Designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus, the resort helps give rise to a bold and dramatic style that would come to be known as Miami Modernist architecture or “MiMo.”

Photo Courtesy of Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami
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Throughout the 50s and 60s, Collins Avenue was transformed by luxurious resorts and grand oceanfront apartment buildings on a scale never before seen on Miami Beach.

Photo courtesy of Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami
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Alton Bay joins a number of new luxury developments breathing new life into the historic heart of Miami Beach.

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