Sunday, December 13, 2009

Miami Beach's North Shore added to National Register of Historic Places

Move over South Beach. Here comes North Beach, which was just listed in the National Register of Historic Places. When this happened in South Beach, the Art Deco district was born. North Beach is mostly residential area that spans Collins Avenue in the northern part of Miami Beach. It includes the commercial strip of AIA [Collins Ave]. North Beach district is just south of Surfside, which also includes homes built in the mid 1950s, and is a couple miles south of Aventura.

My father, Gilbert M. Fein [1919-2003] is noted along with well-known architects of the time for their unique designs, which were coined MIMO or Miami Modern for the mid century modern designs of the times. There is a also an area designated the Gilbert M. Fein Conservation District near South Beach along West Avenue around 14 street.

Some of the unique features he told me about include cheese holes, as shown in Temple Menorah and 'tail fin' which looks like the tail fin of the Cadillac at the time.

According to the article on the front page of The Miami Herald on Dec. 12, the Miami Beach city officials hope this designation will spur development and improvements in this area of the city as the designation allows property owners to apply for tax credits for renovations.

For information on condos and houses for sale in this area, or for more information, please contact me.