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...

For Future Development, Opa-locka Looks to the Arts

July 8th, 2013

http://youtu.be/8L-_u-XV3Ts Long-time Miamians will spot Fernando Peinado's Miami Herald article on Opa-locka's artistic aspirations as the latest in a long line of Herald stories in which an economically troubled community seeks economic salvation through art. Years ago, when Herald scribes wrote about the exciting potential of a rundown oceanfront neighborhood called South Beach, they were, like the legendary prophet Cassandra, heard but not heeded 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: South Beach’s Plymouth Hotel

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/EA-ocWE-0zQ It's a can't-miss Collins Park landmark: The striking geometry of the Plymouth Hotel marks the building, designed by Anton Skislewicz and completed in 1940, as an Art Deco classic. Other Skislewicz designs on South Beach include the distinctive Kenmore Hotel on Washington Avenue and the iconic Breakwater Hotel on Ocean Drive 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...