Dennis Apartments, 433-447 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Dade County, FL
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433-447 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS FL-524
Building/structure dates: 1912 initial construction
Significance: The Chaille Block and Dennis Apartments is one of the few commercial buildings remaining in Miami from the period before the development boom of the 1920s. Built in the masonry vernacular style, the stuccoed concrete construction and arcade across the facade are architectural adaptations to climate and available building materials characteristic of early Miami architecture. This building is particularly significant in association with the neighboring buildings along North Miami Avenue between NE 4th and 5th Streets. The five buildings, collectively known as the Chaille Block, were built in the masonry vernacular style between 1913 and 1920. Individual examples of pre-1920 masonry vernacular commercial architecture are extant elsewhere in Miami, but the streetscape composed of five such buildings found on this block is a unique, intact remnant of the history of Miami's commercial development.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Streetscape view: Chaille Block in foreground, Chaille Commercial Building, Atlantic Furniture Company Building, Frohock Commercial Building and Dade Apartments to the south, view looking southeast
Oblique view of West elevation, view looking east-southeast
Oblique view of West elevation, view looking east-northeast
Oblique view of North elevation, view looking west-southwest
East elevation, view looking west
View of arcade from street level, view looking south
Interior of 433 North Miami, view looking east
Interior view of 435 (right) and 439 (left) North Miami, Pressed tin ceiling is visible in both portions, view looking northeast
Interior view of 443 North Miami, pressed tin ceiling is visible, view looking west-northwest
Interior view of 447 North Miami, view looking west
Great Hall, Second floor, view looking west
View from hallway into Great Hall, second floor, view looking east.
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