Rooms with a View: Miami Beach’s Roney Plaza Hotel

February 6th, 2014

If Jay Gatsby needed a retreat from the lavishly loud parties on Long Island, no other hotel could accommodate him better than the legendary Roney Plaza Hotel on Miami Beach. The Roney Plaza was located between 23rd and 24th Streets on Collins Avenue. Before the mega hotel industry explosion on Miami Beach, the Roney Plaza was place to be during the winter season each year Read More...

Dadeland’s New Wing: Trendy, Airy, Open

July 15th, 2013

http://youtu.be/h43oBeq4GCk The Miami Herald's Business Monday story about Dadeland Mall's new Kendall wing highlights the addition's openness, airiness and retail diversity: Where the space was previously devoted to just two stores the new 102,000 square foot wing hosts twenty-two, including five restaurants Read More...

New Drama for Ocean Drive’s Most Dramatic Landmark

July 10th, 2013

Casa Casuarina wouldn't be a bad title for a telenovela; the Mediterranean Revival mansion on Ocean Drive is certainly photogenic enough to serve as the setting for a soap. And the house's history is dramatic enough to provide plotlines for one or two long-running dramas. The fortune that built the mansion dissolved into bankruptcy almost as the house's gates first swung open Read More...

Architect & Preservationist Les Beilinson, 1946-2013

June 18th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_665" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ocean Drive's Art Deco hotels. Photo: Nanosmile[/caption] 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 Read More...

Video: Of Rubble and Remembrance

April 26th, 2013

http://youtu.be/YlYthnKvOzg Seville's exuberant Giralda -- the bell tower of the city's cathedral, built atop a minaret in the sixteenth century -- has inspired many more recent structures. But beginning in the mid-1920s only Miami could boast three buildings with soaring Giralda-style towers: The Roney Plaza Hotel on Miami Beach, the Miami News Building (now known as Freedom Tower), and the Coral Gables Biltmore Read More...

Video: Capturing a Contemporary Landmark

April 26th, 2013

Whether it’s hosting a wedding party, knee-deep in supermodels, or festooned with bright red sports cars, no building gets the attention that 1111 Lincoln Road gets. That’s hardly surprising – just walk past the place and you’ll understand. But for all the day-to-day chatter we can’t think of a more evocative distillation of what 1111 is about than Elizabeth Priore’s eleven eleven, which just about captures the place in about three and a half minutes Read More...

Preservation: How Sweet It Is!

April 25th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuFbCTmeiIw Cristina Veiga writes about a shift in focus for the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center: Both teams bidding on the project will retain the historic auditorium, now known as The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. The venue, originally known as the Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium and known best for its stint as the home of Jackie Gleason's hit CBS variety show in the 1960s, was slated for demolition in one of the competing redevelopment plans Read More...