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Introducing The Curbed Miami Preservation Heatmap

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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.

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1. Deauville Beach Resort

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6701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL

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.

2. Gale South Beach And Regent Hotel

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1690 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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.

3. Lincoln Theatre

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541 Lincoln Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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.

4. Collins Park Hotel

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2000 Park Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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.

5. The Surf Club

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9011 Collins Ave
Miami, FL

The Russell Pancoast-designed med revival Surf Club will get an extensive renovation, then be surrounded by a ring of ultra-modern glassy towers.

6. The Miami Herald Building

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One Herald Plaza
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 350-2111
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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!

7. Bacardi Building

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2100 biscayne blvd
Miami, FL
(305) 374-2687
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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.

8. Villa May

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4700 N Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33140

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.

9. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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3251 S. Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129

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.

10. Dyer Courthouse

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300 Northeast 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33132

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.

11. Miami Marine Stadium

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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.

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1. Deauville Beach Resort

6701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL

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.

6701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL

2. Gale South Beach And Regent Hotel

1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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.

1690 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

3. Lincoln Theatre

541 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139

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.

541 Lincoln Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. Collins Park Hotel

2000 Park Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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.

2000 Park Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. The Surf Club

9011 Collins Ave, Miami, FL

The Russell Pancoast-designed med revival Surf Club will get an extensive renovation, then be surrounded by a ring of ultra-modern glassy towers.

9011 Collins Ave
Miami, FL

6. The Miami Herald Building

One Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132

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!

One Herald Plaza
Miami, FL 33132

7. Bacardi Building

2100 biscayne blvd, Miami, FL

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.

2100 biscayne blvd
Miami, FL

8. Villa May

4700 N Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33140

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.

4700 N Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33140

9. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

3251 S. Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129

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.

3251 S. Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129

10. Dyer Courthouse

300 Northeast 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33132

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.

300 Northeast 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33132

11. Miami Marine Stadium

Virginia Key, FL 33149

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.