The Freehand Hotel, formerly known as the Indian Creek Hotel, is an excellent example of historic preservation and adaptive reuse. The property is an amalgamation of four existing classic Miami Beach buildings and the addition of a fifth building to house the new restaurant’s kitchen. The development’s vision was to leave the site as is and to transform the cluster of existing buildings into a 21st century hostel. The restaurant makes a double use of the tranquil open landscaped site with the addition of various tropical fruit trees and a roof deck on top of the kitchen pavilion to grow fresh greens and herbs. The result is a fresh and innovative “cast away” urban beach farm commune.
Located in the Collins Park Historic District, the hotel site is a treasure trove of historic buildings set in a wonderful waterfront landscape that has been celebrated from the start for its natural beauty. The 65 room Indian Creek Hotel was designed in 1936 by architects George L. Pfeiffer and Gerard Pitt and is a blend of art deco and streamline modern. Also on the site is one of the oldest bungalows in Miami Beach. Built in 1922, it was originally located on the beachfront and moved to its current location in 1924. The adjacent two story house and apartment building were designed in 1932 by celebrated architect Russell Pancoast. The cluster of buildings form a wonderful interior park like space that includes 5 distinct patio areas, clusters of old bougainvillea, mature palms, a massive ficus tree, and swimming pool.
Architect: William Lane Architect
Interior Design: Roman and Williams
Landscape Architect: Savino-Miller Design Studio
Owner: Sydell Group