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Demolition Begins at the Lapidus-Designed Biltmore Terrace

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One of Morris Lapidus' last remaining unrestored oceanfront hotels, the Biltmore Terrace, lost its porte cochere today as demolition began on the building. A Curbed tipster sent in photos. Although certainly historic, the hotel was never actually historically designated, meaning that its fate was sealed when develoepr Terra Group applied for a demolition permit, with plans to replace it with a Renzo Piano-designed luxury condo project (the plans for which have not actually been submitted to the city yet for approval, but when your building's not historically designated all you've gotta do is pull an administrative permit, badda bing badda boom). The upside to this tragic demise: at least there's demolition porn.

· Biltmore Terrace coverage [Curbed Miami]