Introducing the Curbed Miami Preservation Heatmap, a chronicle of current historic preservation battles, successes, and depressing failures, going on right now in Miami. Art Deco, an architectural era so treasured in South Florida that destruction is akin to treason, still features on the list in two prominent new projects: the Lincoln Theatre conversion and a new hotel that's a mighty ambitious expansion of what were quite modest buildings. But the biggest battles are being waged for postwar architecture, including the Deauville, a hotel once designed to be on par with the Fontainebleau, and the Miami Marine Stadium, which is now a mindblowing architectural ruin that has a glorious future ahead.Read More
Introducing The Curbed Miami Preservation Heatmap
Deauville Beach Resort
The Beatles slept here, and performed here on the Ed Sullivan show. The Deauville Beach Resort may be a shadow of its old self, but a new restoration may make massive changes, bringing back some of the glamour, but adding another tower and other floppery.
Gale South Beach And Regent Hotel
This ambitious construction project at the art deco Gale and Regent hotels connects the two buildings and builds a massive multi-level addition above the small historic buildings, creating a cruise ship-sized lido deck for those sailing in style.
The Lincoln Theatre, originally a movie palace, then the New World Symphony, has, in a strange twist of fate, now become a giant H&M store. Plenty was preserved and also reconstructed, bringing it back to its old glamour.
Collins Park Hotel
A block of burned out shells of art deco hotels and apartment houses (arson anyone?) will be transformed into a group of gleaming boutique hotels.
The Surf Club
The Russell Pancoast-designed med revival Surf Club will get an extensive renovation, then be surrounded by a ring of ultra-modern glassy towers.
The Miami Herald Building
The Miami Herald building sort of, but not really, stands in the way of that giant casino plan for downtown Miami. Is it historic, or is it a puss colored rectangle? You decide!
Once the North American headquarters of that classic brand of rum, the Bacardi Building is being preserved and turned into an arts campus by Frank Gehry.
Local modernist architect Jorge Arango only designed a few houses in Miami, but one of his best - Villa May - could soon be demolished and replaced by a very large house by a very rich heir. Ironically, the villa was also built for an heir, Ms. May.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya's courtyard was really meant to be open air, but the pesky need to preserve the house's interiors necessitated its closure. An airy new skylight has finally replaced the old ominously heavy one.
The Dyer Courthouse sits grand and empty, its elaborate detailwork and murals gathering dust. The Feds are apparently trying to figure out just what to do with the place, but we don't see that happening anytime soon.
Miami Marine Stadium
The Miami Marine Stadium is slowly on its way to a beautiful restoration and reopening. There's still a lot of work and funding to do, but substantial popular support means that the stadium can, and will, see a bright tomorrow.