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Monday, December 01, 2014

Saving the St. Gaudens Road house

Bodies are needed at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon regarding the 1920s house at 3529 St. Gaudens Road. As you know, a developer wants to knock down the house and put in a couple of  shiny new McMansions on the half acre plot. The 2,733 square foot house is on one of the few streets that allows free access to the bay. It's part of Grove history.  

The Historic Preservation Board is meeting December 2 at 3 pm, the hope is that the house will be nominated for historic designation and be saved from the wrecking ball. 

Miami historian, author and preservationist Arva Moore Parks and Dade Heritage Trust's Becky Matkov are expected to speak on behalf of saving the house.

“This home clearly meets the criteria for historic designation,” says Arva, who completed much of the historic documentation. Designed by legendary architect Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel & Elliott, it was built by one of the street’s developers Albert W. Frantz.

The petition for Historic Designation was filed on October 29, 2014. All supporters are asked to please attend the hearing at Miami City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive).  Strength in numbers. For more information, please visit savethegrove.com/about.html, there's a very interesting history of the house there.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So any word on what happened yesterday?

December 03, 2014 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Sally said...

I love when people save historic houses from the wrecking ball (I restored a 1925 house in the Grove)...however I think it is a bit unfair to pull the rug out from someone's investment. Maybe the sellers could have designated it as a single plot that can not be divided...but then that would lower the selling price? Why is this being addressed AFTER the sale? Why is the frustration aimed at the buyer?

December 03, 2014 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the former owner upset that the 89 year old property they just made several millions selling is going to be demolished?

December 03, 2014 7:57 PM  

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