Vintage Postcard – Knoxon Motel Miami
7411 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami 38, Fla.
Phone PL 1-9208
“One of Miami’s Finest”
North on U.S. 1 just inside the city.
Hotel rooms, kitchenettes and family units. Insulated, carpeted, air conditioned and heated. Amplicall system in rooms and T.V. in rooms. Near Hialeah Race Course, fine restaurants, shopping centers and beaches.
Genuine Natural Color Made by Dexter Press Inc., West Nyack, N.Y.
This lovely vintage card has both the AAA and Superior four-leaf clover logos. It is postally unused.
Love this postcard. Check out the row of individuals standing at the lobby door, two seated, one hunched on the brick planter, one leaning against a car and three seated on the balcony. It’s well-staged for sure.
Ampicall systems seem to be intercoms made by the Rauland Corp. This is the first card I’ve seen that specifically calls them out.
From the Historic Preservation Designation Report: Knoxon Motel, 1951, Norman M. Giller, Architect. Located on the northeast corner of NE 74th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, the present Royal Motel was actually designed for use as individual apartments. The two-story building contained a total of twelve apartments, some of which contained kitchenettes and pulmanettes. While the lobby fronts on Biscayne Boulevard, the mass of the building extends along NE 74th Street. The building takes a simple rectangular shape with identical detail on the first and second floors. The impression of sleekness is created by the cantilevered balcony roof along with the cantilever of the roof that projects from the lobby. The most dramatic detail is the wall that extends perpendicularly above the second floor roof and carries the signage for the motel.
Guess what, dear friends? The Knoxon still stands today, as the Royal Motel. From Google Street View:
It gets good reviews on Google. It’s part of the MiMo District.