Golfers by the Miami Biltmore Hotel


The Biltmore Hotel, built in 1925, is a large Spanish-style structure with a tower modeled after the Giralda Tower of Seville’s cathedral. Constructed on 19.8 acres (8 hectares), the hotel featured opulent interiors, courtyards, a country club, winding canals, formal gardens, and a golf course. Built by George Merrick, the developer of the Coral Gables part of Miami, with John McEntee Bowman, to designs by Leonard Schultze and S. Fullerton Weaver, the hotel soon became a fashionable winter resort. Surrounded by its world-class golf course and home to the largest swimming pool in the world, the Biltmore was an attraction for celebrities, political leaders, and wealthy tourists the world over. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, and Al Capone were all frequent guests. The hotel contributed in large part to the tourism boom in southern Florida in the opening decades of the 20th century. This image from 1927 shows golfers on the putting green next to the massive hotel.

Last updated: October 22, 2014