Save the Babylon Apartments - Designate it a Historic Landmark
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All great cities have certain things in common.
One of them is a commitment to honor their architectural heritage.
We have, right now, an opportunity to save a building that was a forerunner of the movement that has led to Miami becoming the architectural superstar it is today.
The Babylon Apartments at 240 SE 14th Street, in the heart of Brickell. This was one of the first buildings designed by Miami's own internationally famous "starchitect" firm, Arquitectonica. The building is a unique solution, honoring Miami's Art Deco roots while remaining modern and relevant. It is fun, 80s, futuristic, bold, unique and VERY Miami, and anyone who has seen it once, remembers it always. It is a small building of distinction in an area that is overdeveloped with high rises, and therefore stands out and gives the neighborhood character and distinction.
The renowned Miami historian and preservationist, Arva Moore Parks recently wrote a letter to the editors of the Miami Herald in praise of and supporting the protection of the building. You can see that letter here:
But now, the owner of the property has let the building fall into such a state of disrepair that the structure was deemed unsafe and it is in danger of being demolished. The owner even tried to start demo on the building with no permits, but luckily was seen and stopped in time. The building is in imminent danger.
We cannot stand by and let this building be destroyed without trying to raise awareness and get the building protected as the Historic Landmark it is. We have been in contact with the City about the property and we have been heard. There is a meeting at City Hall on May 3rd where it will be decided to approve or deny the preliminary application to get the building landmarked. We ask that you attend if you can.
But firstly, please sign and share this petition which is addressed to the members the city commissioners and Mayor Francis Suarez and let them know that you want to preserve this unique iconic Miami building. You signature will weigh heavily with the Board. These petitions really do work and are a strong tool for change.
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