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The Lovely Old Houses Of Edgewater Are Quickly Disappearing

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[Photos by Silva Ros]

In these boom times we live in, it's easy to see dollar signs when developing in a promising new neighborhood, and to overlook the often incredibly beautiful old architecture that already exists there. Edgewater is a prime example of an historic Miami neighborhood originally developed a hundred years ago with wide-verandaded bungalows of Dade County Pine and small, low-rise apartment buildings just dripping in Mediterranean Revival charm. Curbed photog Silvia Ros went to find the old Edgewater and came back with these 37 photos.

These buildings are quickly being swallowed up by new high-rise condo and apartment tower projects by the likes of the Related Group, Melo, and others. The houses and apartment buildings that remain (now scattered among condo towers) hint at a neighborhood that was every bit as beautiful as other neighborhoods of the era, like Morningside, Belle Meade, and Buena Vista, that have been lucky enough to be restored to their former glory. Very few of Edgewater's houses have been restored, and many are hidden under insensitive additions and alterations. Of course, too many towers have already been built in Edgewater to turn back time now, and the melange of old and new, small and big, is itself quite interesting. As clashes between development and older buildings continue, like the case of the elderly couple living in the shadow of Icon Bay, perhaps the two extremes can learn to coexist, before the old buildings of Edgewater totally disappear.
· living in the shadow of Icon Bay, perhaps the two extremes can learn to coexist, before the old buildings of Edgewater totally disappear.
· Icon Bay Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, Neighbor Says [Curbed Miami]