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"I actually live in the building from the picture in the first thumbnail; that's actually my mini in the front. I can tell you our apartment building was built in 1926--as to the history, I can only speculate it was a luxury condo or boarding house back in the day. The layout is a typical railroad apartment layout, and above each doorway and in the hallway lie the remnants of ventilation windows. Equipped with a fire escape, it even has an old boarded up dumbwaiter with the original severed ropes. The kitchen has its original built-in breakfast nook with a glass cupboard and wall to wall original mirror as a backsplash for the countertop of the breakfast nook. The architectural character is what really drew me to the place. It is extremely depressing because the building is riddled with termites and in shambles. Even more depressing are all these comments calling for their demolition instead of their repair and preservation. These highrises are not beautiful, they are cookie cutter boxes with no character and no personality. They block out the sunshine and the horizon, and are ridiculously overpriced for the square footage. These bungalows can only really be appreciated by people with an architectural background. To the layman, they seem like "old ugly unkept houses". But if this is what Miami wants, I guess this is what we get. It's obvious the masses don't appreciate the architectural history and beauty of these old, dilapidated houses. Bungalows that were around when we first moved in four years ago have been leveled from one day to the next, and at least four different highrises have sprouted in the last two years JUST from 22nd to 24th St."-anon [The Lovely Old Houses Of Edgewater Are Quickly Disappearing]