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Fort Lauderdale Preservation Poster Child to be Demolished

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The Ireland's Inn, the midcentury beach hotel that at one time was literally the poster child of historic preservation in Fort Lauderdale, is set to be demolished with a "symbolic demolition" ceremony tomorrow (basically whacking champagne bottles on demolition equipment) and then the actual demolition beginning within a few days.

Back in 2005, the pink concrete hotel that was built in an S-shape graced the poster of a photography exhibit of postwar modern architecture in and around Fort Lauderdale (sometimes called BroCoMo, a play on MiMo) by Robin Hill. The exhibit, held at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, was titled "Going, Going, Gone?". Now that the Ireland's Inn is actually going, going, and will most definitely be gone later this week, the zingers practically write themselves. Ohhh the delicious irony.

The partnership between the Related Group, Fortune International, and the Ireland/Mitchell families that is redeveloping the site is being (for now) tight lipped about what they're doing, only to say it'll be luxurious, beachy, glassy, sleek, sophisticated, blah, blah, blah, and designed by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates. Oh, and it'll probably be this two-towered project that SFBJ wrote about (with the rendering below) in 2010.

· Jorge Perez joins development team for Ireland's hotel, condos [SFBJ]