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Architecture
5:58 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

New Buildings Put Bay Harbor MiMo Architecture At Risk

Bay Harbor's Miami Modern architecture has made the list for most endangered historic sites in the country.
Credit Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation

  Bay Harbor’s East Island has been listed as one of the most endangered historic places in the country.

The island, which is home to one of the largest concentrations of Miami Modern architecture in the nation, joined 10 other endangered sites on a list compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Architectural Photography
12:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Did This Architectural Photographer Capture Miami's First Hip Parking Garage?

The Eden Roc has had a few lives, but Ezra Stoller documented the original vintage-fab interior along with Miami's first hip parking garage.
Credit CC by 2.0, by atl10trader via Flickr

Last week, the New York Times' Michael Kimmelman reviewed a gallery exhibition of works by Ezra Stoller, an influential architectural photographer who died in 2004 at age 89. His images of landmark mid-century modernist buildings often became as iconic as the buildings themselves, Kimmelman writes:

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

How Burritos and Bourbon Are Saving One Historic MiMO Motel

Since a previous renovation attempt, the former Sunshine Motel has sat vacant at Biscayne Boulevard and NE 73rd Street.
Credit via Google Maps

If you chowed down on a taco at one of South Florida's most popular fast-casual chains before 2012, pat yourself on the back for a minute for contributing to historic preservation.

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Arts
6:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Who Really Designed This Super-Hip South Beach Hotel?

The Standard Hotel's Lido restaurant, whose view is seen here, is named after the previous resort at the building. But that wasn't its first incarnation.
Credit CC by 2.0, by Miamism via Flickr

We love a good hyperlocal blog -- and the Belle Isle Blog does a comprehensive job of covering both the history and news of its neighborhood, a small island connected to South Beach. It's also the home of the relaxed but still super-hip Standard Hotel, which recently announced an expansion plan.

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Architecture
7:15 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Historic? Atrocious? Herald's Home Is Divisive

Like A K-Mart? The Miami Herald's 1960s headquarters has staunch admirers and fierce critics.

The Miami Herald's  headquarters on Biscayne Bay has been sold to a developer who wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami Modern architecture from the 50's and 60's. NPR interviewed demolition proponents — including  some prominent architects — who say it's a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a "MiMo" design worth saving:

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