Architect Michael Graves, designer of 1500 Ocean Drive

1500 Ocean Drive is a Michael Graves Building

The Architect: Michael Graves
One of the greatest architects of all time, Michael Graves, died March 12, 2015. He was a resident of 1500 Ocean Drive. Mr. Graves chose this building as his permanent residence over hundreds of others that he designed. He also chose a “10” unit because “it offered the best sunset views.”
Michael Graves received his Masters degree in architecture in 1959 at Harvard University. He taught architecture at Princeton University’s School of Architecture for nearly 4 decades. The fact that this building was designed by Graves insures that the value of each and every condo only increases in value, a trend that has held true since 1998.
Grave’s Humana Building in Louisville, Kentucky is one example of his many world-famous designs. The Humana building is often referred to as the “textbook example” of postmodern architecture. After Humana, Graves was awarded the coveted American Institute of Architects’ National Honor Award in 1987.
Graves began work on 1500 Ocean Drive shortly after completing his design for Disney’s corporate offices in Burbank California and their resort buildings in Orlando Florida.
In 2001, just 2 years after completing 1500 Ocean Drive, he received the National Medal of Arts from the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Metal. This is the Institute’s highest award. In 2012 he was awarded the Richard H Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture. In 2014 the Michael Graves School of Architecture was established in his honor in New Jersey.
Graves designed 1500 Ocean Drive at the apex of his career.

Gym and Common Areas at 1500 Ocean Drive South Beach

The following are current photos of the gym and common areas of 1500 Ocean Drive.

1500 Ocean Drive, South Beach, a Michael Graves Building

The Building
This 16 story, 112 unit condominium was completed in 1998. Its condos range from 940 ft.² to 4640 ft.² Every square inch of this signature structure symbolizes the magnificent talent of its creator, Architect Michael Graves.
Refurbishing 1500 Ocean Drive Presents Optimal Timing for Purchase
1500 Ocean Drive is nearing the completion of an extensive refurbishing of both the interior and exterior of the building. The work includes: swimming pool, exercise room, spa, and all exterior surfaces of the building. The extensive refurbishing signals the meticulous care exhibited by its owners and Board of Directors. The work has spanned several months and is scheduled to be completed no later than February 2018. This beautification preserves and honors Michael Graves’ style and design. The entire building is just weeks away from renewed opulence. A purchase now represents optimal timing.