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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Historic house on St. Gaudens Road is saved

Remember that old 1920-built Mediterranean house at 3525 St. Gaudens Road, here in Coconut Grove? The house designed by famous architect Richard Kiehnel for owner Albert Frantz, one of Coconut Grove's first developers, was designated as historic on Tuesday by the Miami Historic Preservation Board. It's believed tht Kiehnel defined Miami in the early years. 

This is a win for neighbors and preservationists who fought to keep the new owner, developer Eduardo Goudie, from knocking down the house and building multiple dwellings on the property, cookie cutter-style and zero lot lines, no doubt. This is good in that developers may start to back off single family owns for investments now. If they aren't planning to keep the original house they will not be able to cram as much as the can into one lot, in essence, destroying the neighborhood. 

A measure is up for final approval by the City Commission on Thursday, which would block residents from requesting designations, which they can do now. The City wants to leave it up to city officials and preservation board members and certain groups like Miami Dade Preservation League and Dade Heritage Trust. It sort of helps the cause when you think about it, because a resident would then have better representation behind them than if they stood up at a meeting and went it alone.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since everything over 10 years old is declared "Historic" in Miami, , the Miami Historic Preservation Board should also declare our 27th Avenue Never-Ending Construction Marvel as a national treasure!

April 08, 2015 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We really do need historic oversight for every demolition and new construction in Coconut Grove just like Coral Gables, we are in city of Miami but the most historic neighborhood in Dade county

April 08, 2015 4:08 PM  

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