Miami Beach is rich in single-family homes that were designed by an architect for their unique location. Architects of note built homes along the canals and waterways of this barrier island, since its original development in the early 1900s. These architects included:

Unfortunately, the recent real estate bubble has put single family homes at risk of demolition. This is due to a number of factors, including:

This has resulted in growing public outcry as citizens see homes in their neighborhoods meet the wrecking ball. Many of these homes are replaced with what can only be described as McMansions – huge structures that tower over their neighbors, and often include features only found in commercial buildings and hotels, such as rooftop decks and ceilings of 12 feet.

In 2012, the rate of demolitions skyrocketed – to 24 homes, from just 3 in the previous year. That was an increase of 8x – 8 years of home demolitions in just one year. Much of this is fueled by speculation, and a small handful of developers/architects are leading the demolition requests. In fact, 80% of single-family homes brought to the Design Review Board are from developers, not end users. This affects the design of these new homes, which are made to maximize square footage rather than to serve a specific purpose for an end user.

We must do what we can to help slow the rate of demolition and protect the historic legacy of Miami Beach and its islands.