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Monday, January 05, 2015

Saving the St. Gaudens Road house

There is a hearing Tuesday, January 6, regarding the historic house at 3529 St. Gaudens Road. Neighbors have been trying to save the 1920s house from the wrecking ball. Locals have nominated the home for Historic Designation with the City of Miami in order to prevent demolition or future physical change to the exterior of the property.

Originally set for December, the hearing had a large turnout by those who wish that the home be preserved and are expected to be in attendance at the hearing today. The property’s developer requested that the hearing be postponed during the December 2 hearing.

Local historian Dr. Paul George; Historian, Author and Preservationist Arva Moore Parks; and Dade Heritage Trust's Becky Matkov are each expected to testify on behalf of saving the property from demolition and development.

The meeting is at City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive) at 3 pm.

More on the history and the house here.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Bruce S. said...

Tom,
You can post this as a comment, or collect comments and create your on post.

There was a huge turnout at the meeting; all supporting the preservation of the home. And it made a huge difference. The vote to pursue preservation was unanimous, with almost no debate from the board after the presentations and comments from the public.


Several local historians and architects testified about the many specific criteria that qualified the home for historic status.

Then the developer and his atty and architect testified that while yes it's a beautiful home, in good condition, one of the first in the Miami Mediteranean style by the firm that pioeneered it; and later designed El Jardin, Coral Gables Cong Church, Las Brises, Seybold Bldg etc... well... this house wasn't historic AT ALL! Nope not at all. Just an afterthought in their other iconic designs.
So the board agreed that preservation is worth considering, and voted to direct the staff to prepare a full report.
But here is the great part! Both th volunteer board, and the paid staff, independently agreed that the entire street might qualify at a historic district, or at the very least a large collection of historic homes. This has the potential to turn sections of the Grove into a Morningside or the Deco District, where preservation is the DEFAULT not the exception.
Please support this effort.

January 06, 2015 9:07 PM  

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