Save 31 Star Island from Demolition: Original Home of Cecil Fowler

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Save 31 Star Island from Demolition: Original Home of Cecil Fowler

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The home at 31 Star Island is under threat of demolition. Its current owner, New York hedge fund manager Wayne Holman has applied to demolish the 13,681 square foot mansion and build a new 9,178 square foot home in its place.

The demolition of this estate would be a tragedy for our community's cultural heritage. The home was built by Cecil Fowler, the owner of the National Bank in Lafayette, Indiana, and a friend of developer Carl Fisher, with whom he co-developed Miami Beach’s famed Flamingo Hotel. Not much is known about the original architect of the house, which was probably built in 1920 as one of the first homes on Star Island. Walter DeGarmo, Florida's first registered architect, built an addition to the property in 1926. For many years, it was the home of CR Dashiell, a Chicago automobile dealer and one of the original members of the Committee of 100 in Miami Beach.

Our city continues to lose architecturally significant homes at an alarming pace - by December the current administration will have approved an estimated 80 homes for demolition since taking office. A terrible record for a city that prides itself on preservation.

This Tuesday, September 1st, 8:30AM, the Miami Beach Design Review Board will be voting on whether to allow the new home to be built and the old home to be demolished. We hope the DRB will ask the owner to come back with plans that would incorporate the original home in the new project. The yard is very large and could accommodate a significant addition while meeting the homeowners needs for a modern home.

Better yet, the owner can defer the demolition request to work on plans that respect the historical legacy of the property. This has been done before on Star Island (22 Star, 27 Star) as well as recently with 6332 Alton Road. These homes can and should be saved.

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