By Paul Finch
The mantra ‘complementary but not a copy’ is a useful guide to interventions affecting architectural heritage, says Paul Finch
The Miami Design Preservation League does excellent tours of the South Beach Art Deco district. Our guide on a recent visit was Joel Levine, formerly of Brooklyn (with an accent to prove it), who was a font of information about a host of buildings we inspected, occasionally going inside, in the course of a two-and-a-half-hour walk.
The Deco district nearly came a cropper under the usual pressures of real estate speculation and declining demand, but managed to survive – often just in terms of the façade but no matter – and is now a good reason why tourism flourishes in this part of Miami and Miami Beach, attracted by a dynamic architectural scene.
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