Architect & Preservationist Les Beilinson, 1946-2013

Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive’s Art Deco hotels. Photo: Nanosmile

Miami Beach architect and preservationist Les Beilinson died on Friday, June 14. He was sixty-six years old. His obituary in the Miami Herald tells the story of a Miami Beach native who played an important part in the revival of South Beach and the preservation and conservation of its architecture.

In addition to restoring historic buildings Beilinson also designed such South Beach landmarks as the News Cafe and the Armani Exchange store; his design for Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply features dozens of blue marlins schooling across the building’s facade, visible to motorists driving I-95 just north of Northwest 79th Street.

In the obituary Beth Dunlop says, “Les Beilinson was an early believer in both the beauty of the Art Deco District and the power of historic preservation to transform and elevate communities. Throughout the years, he played a critical role in safeguarding our precious heritage.”

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