101 Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
By Jane Feehan
(For more Fort Lauderdale and SOFLA history, see my all-history blog at JanesHistoryNook.blogspot.com)
Built in 1937, the Lauderdale Beach Hotel was one of the two largest hotels in Broward County when the U.S. entered World War II (the other was the *Tradewinds Hotel). The 500-room Lauderdale Beach Hotel, the Tradewinds, the Edmar apartments and adjacent beach were taken over by the U.S. Navy August 1, 1943. They were used as a navy radar training school until the winter of 1945 when they were released to civilian trade.
Today, only the front part of the Lauderdale Beach Hotel remains, occupied by the H2O Cafe and attached via a garage to the upscale Las Olas Club condominium. The hotel with its distinct architecture, a vestige of the 1930s art deco or art moderne style was partially rescued by preservationists when condo developers bought the property. A condition of development was to leave the distinctive facade of the old structure intact.
*For Tradewinds hotel history, see my other blog at:
Miami News, May 18, 1943