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A community effort to honor the legacy and history of a
Miami Modern landmark

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Sixty years after the debut of the Hotel Deauville, decades of neglect forced this classic resort to be shuttered. Recognizing its rich history which includes guests such as President Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland, it is best known for its most famous visitors: The Beatles, who called the Deauville their Miami Beach home when they arrived to perform live on The Ed Sullivan Show from the hotel's Napoleon Ballroom. Driven by history, a collective of historians, writers, musicians, journalists, community activists and Beatles fans across America and around the world are now focused on efforts to restore the landmark hotel and have launched the 2/16/24 Initiative to assist the hotel's owners, the City of Miami Beach, and the Miami Design Preservation League in re-opening the restored hotel in time for the 60th Anniversary of the Beatles' 1964 appearance.

We encourage you to look through our historic archives, read newspaper and magazine reports, watch videos, and learn more about this magnificent Miami Modern hotel. And then add your voice to this worthy cause.

News Past and Present

On September 10th, historian Amy Hughes presented a visual recap of the Beatles' visit to Miami and history of the Hotel Deauville. A panel discussion moderated by Daniel Ciraldo of the Miami Design Preservation League included panelists Margot Winick, Bob Kealing, Gary McKechnie, Amy Hughes, and Miami Beach commissioner Steve Meiner.

Miami's WQAM was at the scene when the Beatles arrived, and managed to turn their visit into a wealth of audio and visual memories. Click the image to learn more.

In 2014, the Miami Herald marked the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' visit with deep-dive reporting about the week that became part of the city's history. From their arrival to their stay at the Deauville, click the image to learn more.

Deauville & Miami Videos and Historic Newsreels

2/16/24 Initiative Board of Directors
Amy Hughes • Margot Winick • Bob Kealing • Gary McKechnie