History — Then and Now — The Melbourne Hotel


Senior Life Courtesy of Brevard County Historical Commission

The Melbourne Hotel was built at the height of the Great Florida land boom in 1924 in the popular Mediterranean Revival Style. It was built by Elton Hall and a group of investors and opened on Sept. 24, 1924, which was also Hall’s 34th birthday. Several hundred guests attended the celebration. The hotel was located on the Dixie Highway, now U.S. 1, which ran from Montreal to Miami. It was the main route of traffic down the East Coast of Florida. The hotel contained 100 rooms, a restaurant, bar, office space and the local telegraph office. It was the premier hotel in Melbourne for 35 years. 

Senior Life Elaine Moody

What was once the Melbourne Hotel is now referred to as The 1900 Building, a reference to its address of 1900 S. Harbor City Blvd. (U.S.1). The three-story building is now an office complex in the heart of the city. It houses different businesses.