Creating new from old
The 1925 building is at 121 SE First Street.
I just got back from New Orleans and this is the norm there. I stayed in an Omni hotel that was an old factory, fully renovated, but still had the charm of the old building intact. There are also old banks in New Orleans and old stores that have been turned into hotels. Of course you know the French Quarter is basically all the originals from the 1700s and 1800s, you're actually standing inside the original four walls sometimes floors. And the Pontalba apartments on Jackson Square, that are still lived in today, were first built in the 1840s, and not knocked down to build skyscrapers.
This is what is needed here but is there anything left, here in Coconut Grove, I mean?
If we were in New Orleans, Charleston or Savanah, for example, the Coconut Grove Bank building would have been restored and a hotel would be in the 1960s building, but of course here, in Miami, we knock it down to put up billion dollar chrome and glass structures.
You would think of all the neighborhoods in Miami, the Grove could be saved from development. But it's not to be, but then again, I guess it all stared back with CocoWalk and the Mayfair. That was the beginning of the end. They all had good intentions, but the road to hell is paved with them.
Anyway, thanks Langford for keeping the building in downtown Miami. You can see photos of the ribbon cutting, which was a week ago, at the South Florida Business Journal here.
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