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Hermann Riediger and Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel Collection

Identifier: 2012.7

Scope and Contents

The Herman Riediger and Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel Collection contains correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, advertisements, magazines, printed materials, certificates, programs, 1 cookbook written by Hermann Riediger, Pompano High School yearbooks, and objects. Materials document Hermann Riediger as the Food and Beverage Control Manager at the Lauderdale Beach Hotel and his daughter, Kathryn Riediger Heinley.


  • 1939 - 2005

Conditions Governing Access

The Hermann Riediger and Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The Lauderdale Beach Hotel operated from 1936 to 2004 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Miami Beach architect Roy F. France designed the Art Deco style hotel and it was the first hotel building constructed on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The hotel attracted many tourists, boosting Fort Lauderdale’s tourism industry. An additional six-story addition was built circa 1937 to increase the hotel capacity to 150 rooms. From June 1943 to January 1946, Lauderdale Beach Hotel and Trade Winds Hotel served as a United States Navy Training Center. The hotel reopened to the public in 1946 and expanded its capacity to 200 rooms in 1988.

The Fort Lauderdale Historic Preservation Board designated Lauderdale Beach Hotel as a historic landmark in 2004. In 2005, a portion of the hotel building was demolished to make room for a new condominium development called Las Olas Beach Club.

Hermann Harold Riediger (1911-1998) worked as the Food and Beverage Control Manager at the Lauderdale Beach Hotel. Originally from Western Canada, Hermann held previous positions in Canadian hotels and the Princess Hotel in Bermuda. Hermann Riediger began his career as a bellhop at the Lauderdale Beach Hotel and worked his way up to assistant manager in 1956.

Hermann married Greta Hall (1916-2005) in 1936 and they settled in the Lauderdale-By-the-Sea community in Fort Lauderdale. Greta Riediger was a founding member of the Lauderdale-By-the-Sea Garden Club. Hermann and Greta Riediger’s daughter, Kathryn “Kathy” Riediger Heinley attended Broward County public schools. She won the Miss-Lauderdale-By-the-Sea pageant in 1964.


3 Hollinger Boxes

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The collection is organized into six series: Series I: Correspondence, Series II. Lauderdale Beach Hotel, Series III. Hermann Riediger Materials, Series IV. Kathryn "Kathy" Riediger Heinley Materials, Series V. Lauderdale-By-the-Sea Community, and Series VI. Printed Materials and Objects.

Processing Information

This collection received file level processing. This finding aid may be updated to reflect new descriptions as well as acquisitions to the collection.

Hermann Riediger and Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel Collection
Emily Calderon
June 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Broward County Historical Archives Repository

100 S Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale Florida 33301 United States