Miami Design Preservation League
Started 4 petitions
Return the Jack Stewart Apollo Mural to Miami Beach!
The 92-foot-long mosaic mural depicts Apollo pulling his gleaming chariot of the sun across the sky. For decades, this mural sat proudly as a monument to 1950s Miami Modern design. Made by modernist Jack Stewart in the mid-1950s, the mural is now sitting in storage after part of the building it was installed on was demolished. The Versailles Property has been neglected for too long. The Citizens of Miami Beach demand the Versailles be treated with respect and that the mosaic mural be restored and reinstalled on the site or somewhere nearby. Resources: Miami Herald Front Page article about the mural's plight from 2015: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article8831438.html Historic Resources Report prepared by Mitch Novick: https://mdpl.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/UPDATED-Historic-Resources-Report-on-Jack-Stewart-and-his-copy.pdf
HELP Save the Deauville Hotel!
The historic Deauville Hotel was designed in 1957 by noted Miami Modern architect Melvin Grossman. The hotel was the site of the Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan show which helped start Beatlemania in the USA. It is located at 6701 Collins Ave in Miami Beach, Florida. Unfortunately, the hotel has fallen under difficult times and has deteriorated to an unsafe condition under its current ownership. It remains shuttered and neglected, leading to a major economic depression of the surrounding North Beach commercial area. Reports of pieces of the building falling off have been shared by locals and visitors alike. What was once a thriving community hub is now a sad and empty vestige of its former glory. The City of Miami Beach has taken legal action against the property owners to bring the building up to compliance in terms of life safety and security. We support the City of Miami Beach's efforts to ensure that the Deauville Hotel is brought back to life in a safe way and to restore the values of good stewardship, economic vibrancy, and historic preservation which reflects our tropical, urban, historic community. HELP! us save this important part of mid-century architectural history and a true Beatles landmark. View local Miami Beach musician Julia Bhatt's performance of the Beatles "HELP" in front of the Deauville Hotel! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYIa3eCPuHI
Save the International Inn - Miami Modern Landmark
The International Inn is a Miami Modern (MiMo) landmark at the entryway to North Beach. The inn was designed in 1956 by noted architect Melvin Grossman. Its owners are in the process of upgrading the landmark for improved security, maintenance, and landscape in order to help bring this jewel back to life. The City Commission is voting on a development agreement this Wednesday, June 24th, which would give incentives for the owners to develop the site with a northern addition of up to 8 stories while allowing for its historic designation and protection as a local landmark. We support this effort and urge the City Commission to approve the development agreement and historic designation for this property. We believe the International Inn's best days are ahead of it, and that the improvements on the site will be a welcome addition to the enhancement of this gateway neighborhood.
We Support MDPL Art Deco Welcome Center 5 Year Renewal
Miami Design Preservation League has been a steward of the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive since 1993. The center serves nearly 120,000 visitors and residents annually, and is the most visited tourism information center in South Florida. Programs include the Art Deco Walking Tours, Visitor Center, Art Deco Museum, and Art Deco Gift Shop. On June 1st, MDPL became the first local cultural institution to reopen to the public after the COVID-19 shutdown. In December 2019, MDPL's current contract with the city to manage the center was set to expire before the planned 5-year renewal was executed. The administration asked for a month-to-month extension in order to have more time to make the renewal agreement. The expected renewal period is for 5 years, per the existing management agreement with the city. However, the city administration is currently recommending only a 1-year renewal. MDPL is a leading voice in historic preservation and the Art Deco Welcome Center is a community hub that services our visitors and residents. In addition, the Miami Beach voters allocated $2MM in GO Bond funding for the Art Deco Museum expansion, which is funded in Tranche 2 of the GO Bond. I support MDPL's continued stewardship of the Art Deco Welcome Center for a 5-year renewal. This will allow ample time for MDPL to continue its operations planning, fundraising, preparations for the GO Bond project, and to provide ongoing quality arts & culture programming on Ocean Drive. In this period of uncertainty and challenge, it is important to have the City's ongoing commitment to one of Miami Beach's leading non-profit community organizations, via a 5-year renewal.