Miami will consider granting landmark status to an early Coconut Grove house that could be demolished and replaced with two homes, thanks to a unanimous vote on Tuesday.
Miami’s historic preservation board voted to consider the 1920s Mediterranean villa at 3529 Saint Gaudens Road, the Miami Herald reported. The developer, Eduardo Goudie, said it would be unfair to declare the house historic after he spent nearly $1.6 million in April 2014 to demolish and develop the property.
The house was designed by Richard Kiehnel of the firm Kiehnel and Elliott, who was credited with introducing the Mediterranean style of architecture to Miami and designing local buildings that are now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Herald reported.
“It’s old, it’s beautiful, but historic is a little more than that,” Goudie’s architect Jose Puentes said. “It’s not that important.”
Coconut Grove residents’ campaign to save the house may lead to increased historic designations in the area. [Miami Herald] — Katherine Kallergis