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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Preliminary report done for Park Avenue houses

The following is from the City of Miami's Planning Department, it's a Staff Report and Recommendation regarding the property at 3701 Park Avenue.

The City of Miami Historical and Environmental Board meets on Tuesday, July 5 at 3 pm at City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive) this is on the agenda.

On May 12, 2016, Commissioner Ken Russell directed the City of Miami's Preservation Office staff to prepare a preliminary designation report for the residential structure located at 3701 Park Avenue. The purpose of this preliminary report is to establish if there is sufficient evidence to warrant a more thorough investigation about the significance of this structure. 

3701 Park Avenue contains two structures on the lot, consisting of the main residence which is a two-story Craftsman Style home and a one story chauffeur quarters, both constructed in 1916. The main residence contains three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one half bath with a large ground level screened-in terrace that is supported by thirteen columns. Commons areas are located on the ground level with sleeping areas on the second level.

The columns that support the rear terrace are rumored to have come from the Royal Palm Hotel, which was demolished in 1930. Due to the lack of the documentation when the hotel was demolished it cannot be proven as to whether or not the columns actually came from the hotel or not. Pictorial documentation of the Royal Palm Hotel shows several styles of columns from the exterior and interior of the hotel, however when comparing the various photographs, there is not a clear match
between these columns and the ones that are installed at 3701 Park Avenue.
Structurally the home is wood frame construction with a painted stucco finish on the exterior walls and coral rock stone acting as a base for the front porch and encasing the chimney. Windows in the main house are primarily single-hung in configuration with the original screened-in front porch enclosed with a mixture of fixed and casement windows.

Constructed in 1916, 3701 Park Avenue is an example of a Craftsman Style residential structure. This residential structure is representative of its time of construction however, it does not rise to the level of architectural significance that is necessary for individual designation. In addition, the research that has been conducted thus far has not yielded the level of information necessary to warrant individual designation. Staff asks that the HEPB direct the Preservation Office to prepare a final designation report to allow additional time for research and outreach to potential sources of historic information.
The property may be eligible for designation under the following criteria as numbered in Section 23-4(a) contained in Chapter 23 of the City Code:
(1) Exemplify the historical, cultural, political, economic, or social trends of the community;
(5) Embody those distinguishing characteristics of an architectural style, or period, or method of construction;

Staff Recommendation:
During the preliminary research, the Preservation Office has not found
substantial material regarding the significance of the property. However, the
Preservation Office would ask that the Historic and Environmental Preservation
Board (HEPB) direct the Preservation Office to prepare a Final Designation report
to allow additional time to conduct further research and review materials that may
be available through other sources. This will allow staff the time necessary to
conduct the further research required to finalize the analysis as to the significance

of the structure. 

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just came down from Boston where history is everywhere and Coconut Grove should learn to love its history too instead of letting it be erased every other decade.

June 30, 2016 1:37 PM  
Blogger Grovite said...

Agree with anon 1:37 pm. It's not just about this history, it's about the character of the neighborhood.

June 30, 2016 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still want to know why they can't stop this project altogether because the surrounding neighbors were not informed as required by the warrant for demolition and redevelopment of a single family lot with multiple units. How is this proceeding, why do they have to look at the historic preservation. The proposed use is prohibited in single family zoning; they needed a warrant which requires documented notifications which were reportedly not sent out.

June 30, 2016 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon 6:21pm the labeling it as an historical building is one way to preserve the Grove. BUT the main tool the developers are using was stated above. Until city hall and the building and zoning are held accountable and do their work and uphold what they are paid for with our taxes it will continue. Times like this it feels that this will only stop if someone with big money can step in and file a suit against the city or whatever other means.

July 01, 2016 8:44 AM  

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