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Restored Vagabond Motel to have Art Basel debut

Developer Avra Jain has her construction crew working six days a week

September 24, 2013 12:00PM

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From left: Avra Jain and an archived photo of the Vagabond Motel

From left: Avra Jain and an archived photo of the Vagabond Motel

Developer Avra Jain’s restoration of the Vagabond Motel is underway six days a week as workers rush to complete the project in time for Art Basel.

The historic preservation-protected 1953 Miami Modern motel won’t open to guests until 2014 but will have rooms ready for exhibitions and parties for the much-lauded art show in December, Miami Urbanist reported.

The swimming pool’s original mermaid and dolphin tile mosaics will be restored as will the kitschy neon sign and Little Mermaid-inspired statue of nudes on rocks surrounded by leaping dolphins. [Miami Urbanist]Emily Schmall

 

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