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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Now this is a wooden house!

I found your piece on historical (aka hysterical) preservation in West Grove interesting. The owners of the "designated wooden houses of Village West'"will have a significant loss in the future values of their property. Will the City of Miami make good on some sort of restitution of this loss? 

Attached are two photos of the Jewel Parker Residence, another wooden Grove house. My Grandmother's home was designed and built for her by my father (Alfred Browning Parker) in 1957. The home was published in House Beautiful, Florida Modern and included in The Villager's Book of Outstanding Homes in Miami.

Unfortunately, the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and the City of Miami felt that the 60 year old Alfred Browning Parker design had no historic or other value and had it demolished...

Feel free to use my observations and comments in the Grapevine.

Best,
Robin Parker

Coconut Grove




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8 Comments:

Blogger Endurance Agency said...

Sorry to hear that Robin. Sadly City of Miami has been very cooperative when it comes to larger entities. They are not subject to the teeth City shows to its residents. This recent example you wrote about in addition to St. Stephen Church's overnight demo of another structure with similar features few years back are examples of City's cooperation with larger entities. AND let's not forget about the site where The Grovenor condo sits today which used to be the old Navy Barracks. Highest bid at that time was $800,000 with existing historical designation. NAVY cancelled the auction, did away with the historical designation, re auctioned the property for $14,000,000. While I know the negative impact of Historical Designation on West Grove homes is not going to be this drastic, I expect no less than 30% and in some instances upwards of 50% immediate decline in property values. Hopefully common sense prevails and they will let people opt in or out of this designation

June 12, 2018 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it was your parent's house then why did Carrollton & City of Miami get the opportunity to demolish? Did you sell it? Don't sell something and then complain about what happens to it!! WOW!

June 12, 2018 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Debra Dean said...

What a beautiful home, and how tragic that Miami seems to have had so little interest in preserving their architectural history.

June 12, 2018 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a loss!

June 12, 2018 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a travesty! Designation & preservation of “historic” homes is as well regulated in this city as our mosquito population.......by officials with the intelligence of a mosquito.

June 12, 2018 6:58 PM  
Blogger Liz Gibson said...

This is so very sad to me. I have seen the house. I was hoping this one would be preserved

June 12, 2018 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Examine the effected homes lawful designations to determine for example if the homes could be turned into a tourist destination with Grove art for sale and other tourist items such as T-shirts, glass and pottery wares all made by folks who live in the Grove. Ginger Teas and other beverages made from organics grown exclusively in the Grove. This could compensate the owners. Jobie Steppe

June 13, 2018 7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad, yet since it was constructed in the 1960s, I don't believe Miami was unjust in permitting this demolition.

On the other hand, several brain-deads continue whining about "property values" if we dare save a mere fifty remaining Bahamian-built structures. Just because Miami Herald published a biased article rejecting it as "more systematic racism" (excuse me, HOW?).

Do you know what ACTUALLY leads to the downfall of a community? The destruction of it's history, replacement by McMansions, soaring prices and finally
g.e.n.t.r.i.f.i.c.a.t.i.o.n.

June 27, 2018 4:16 PM  

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