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The Real House of Miami Beach - Photography Exhibit
The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) will present a photography exhibit to highlight Miami Beach’s remarkable architectural heritage and to promote the preservation of single-family homes built in the 1920s – 1960s.
In late 2012, MDPL became concerned with the growing number of single-family homes that were being approved for demolition. These homes represent some of the most important architectural structures of our City. After receiving complaints from single-family homeowners in every HOA across Miami Beach, MDPL launched a campaign to save our single-family neighborhoods from speculator-driven overdevelopment. MDPL’s efforts are focused on two key objectives: adding incentives for homeowners to retain their architecturally significant homes, and ensuring that new construction is compatible with the existing neighborhood. This photography exhibit will show the beauty and importance of these architectural gems found in our city.
"The Real Houses of Miami Beach" date back to our city’s first Golden Age, from the 1920s – 1940s. Many of these homes were the first structures to be designed and built on man-made islands dredged from Biscayne Bay – including Star Island, Sunset Islands, Venetian Islands – and beautiful neighborhoods like Bayshore, North Bay Road, Pinetree / La Gorce, Nautilus, and Normandy, among others. Design styles include Mediterranean Revival, Streamline Moderne, MiMo and Art Deco, all adapted to Miami Beach's tropical lifestyle.
Photographer Arthur Marcus has artfully captured a selection of unique homes that dot the shores of our island paradise. Arthur Marcus has practiced architecture in Miami and Miami Beach since 1992. He has worked on numerous historic renovations as well as designed new buildings in the Art Deco Historic District. Mr. Marcus works with a diverse clientele and is skilled in navigating projects through the planning, design, permitting and construction processes. He is an MDPL Board member and an active member of its Public Policy Committee, which advocates for historic preservation in Miami Beach. He is also a self-taught photographic artist.
Join MDPL on a journey to discover the hidden gems of Miami Beach, in its first photo exhibition focused on historical single-family homes. Opening night is Feb 27th at 7pm, and includes a short presentation from MDPL regarding our single-family home preservation efforts. Local media are welcome to attend.
Miami Design Preservation League