Historic Coconut Grove Home Temporarily Saved From Demolition

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Courtesy of Save the Grove
5329 St. Gaudens Rd.
The nearly 3,000-square-foot home seems typical in Coconut Grove. With its stucco-like exterior and Spanish-tiled roof, the elegant house at 3529 Saint Gaudens Rd. looks like the kind of home that would grace the pages of a travel magazine, the kind of house that's familiar to nearly any Miamian who's appreciated the lush landscapes of the Grove. But the house at Saint Gaudens has recently be the source of some contentious fights.

The house was designed by Pittsburgh-based architectural firm, Kiehnel & Elliott, and built by Albert W. Frantz, one of Saint Gaudens Road's original developers. Some consider the house a landmark of Kiehnel's style; the architect is generally credited with introducing the popular Mediterranean aesthetic to Miami. The firm's other buildings, including the Carrollton School for the Sacred Heart, share familiar design elements.

The 1920s Mediterranean-style villa was recently purchased by real estate developer Eduardo Goudie for nearly $1.6 million. From the moment Goudie announced his intention to demolish the home and redevelop the half-acre on which it stands, he met with resistance from the community.

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Frost Science Museum Unveils Construction on Martini Shark Tank

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Golden Dusk Photography

Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a...shark?

That's right, in a little over a year you could be looking up and see the underbelly of a shark leisurely swimming over your head. No, Sharknado isn't real and scientists haven't invented a hybrid shark that can fly, but architects over at the Frost Science Museum have designed a structure strong enough to house nature's badasses.

Earlier this week, the Frost Museum unveiled the newly cemented tank that will be shaped like a martini glass and serve as the museum's centerpiece.

See also: At Miami's New Science Museum, You Will Literally Be Able to Jump the Shark(s)

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Artist Julian Schnabel Collaborates With Miami Real Estate Group

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CMC Group

Maybe you've been wondering what's going on with the newly constructed, bright pink eyesore that recently appeared in Brickell's Flatiron Park. The small, but hard to miss, building is temporary sales office for a 64-story tower of condominiums that CMC group plans to build behind the office.

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Adrian Grenier Talks Sea Level Rise and Sustainable Living in Miami (Video)

Miami knows how to throw a party, and raising awareness for important causes by wrapping them in swanky, cocktail-laden packages is our particular area of expertise. Film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier, co-founders of sustainable living brand SHFT, brought a refreshing take on the activity by outfitting an Arts & Entertainment District loft with environmentally conscious products and decor.

In partnership with NR Investments (NRI) and collaboration with Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis Design, SHFT curated a studio at Filling Station Lofts that reflects the online platform's call for a cultural shift toward sustainability in design, art, food, and music. The Filling Station unit was filled with furnishings from American artisans and companies that keep an eye on their planetary impact, from an organic California-made sectional, to a stunning fallen tree trunk-based dining table.

SHFT and NRI invited press and locals to see the model loft, hoping to foster the idea that conscious consumers don't have to sacrifice great design. We spoke to Grenier and Glatzer about their inspiration for the event and why Miami is primed to see a change in our surroundings.

See also: Coral Gables Museum's New Exhibit Offers Answers to Miami's Rising Sea Level Woes

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Share Photos of Your Favorite Miami Beach Spots in Convention Authority Contest

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Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority
There are a lot of misconceptions about Miami -- and Miami Beach in particular. Sure, it's a picturesque tropical paradise, but there's more to the area between South Pointe Park and Indian Creek than Brazilian bikinis and frozen cocktails.

As a local, now's your chance to show the world the area's lesser-known assets, and maybe win sweet prizes while you're at it. The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) is hosting a "favorite places" photo contest from now through the end of the month.

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Avra Jain Preserves Miami's History at Vagabond Hotel (Video)

The long line of Biscayne Boulevard is home to a string of historic hotels in various states of decay and charm. Looking to recapture the seaside glamor of these spots is the Vagabond Hotel on Northeast 73rd Street, the iconic inn whose soft opening last month gave us a glimpse of the carefully reconstructed details and upscale adjustments to come.

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Miami Icons: Vizcaya Voted Your Favorite Local Landmark

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Photos by Karli Evans
All month long, Cultist has highlighted Miami's most deserving landmarks, from Ocean Drive's Art Deco beacon the Colony Hotel to downtown's early Cuban-American sanctuary the Freedom Tower. We asked readers to choose their favorite of 15 local haunts last Friday. The competition was steep but the votes are in: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is your most beloved Miami Icon.

See also: Miami Icons: Vizcaya, Birthplace of Magic City Luxury

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Miami Icons: Last Chance to Vote for Your Favorite Local Landmark!

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Flickr cc | Michael Shane
All month long, Cultist's Miami Icons series has spotlighted Miami's most deserving landmarks. There are the obvious choices, like Ocean Drive's Colony Hotel. There are the historical gems, like Vizcaya. There were modern additions, like the Arsht Center. We even threw in a couple weirdo picks -- El Faraon, for example -- just to keep things interesting.

Readers have been vocal, from blasting the historical integrity of monuments to praising powerhouse structures that scream "Miami." Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is and choose: Which Miami Icon deserves to represent the Magic City to the rest of the world?

Today is your last chance to take our poll and make your voice heard. Should it be the opulence of the Versace mansion? The picturesque MacArthur Causeway? The fantastical Opa-locka City Hall?

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Miami Icons: Vote Now For Your Favorite Miami Landmark!

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Marc Averette/Wikimedia Commons
All month long, Cultist's Miami Icons series has spotlighted Miami's most deserving landmarks. There are the obvious choices, like Ocean Drive's Colony Hotel. There are the historical gems, like Vizcaya. There were modern additions, like the Arsht Center. We even threw in a couple weirdo picks -- El Faraon, for example -- just to keep things interesting.

Now, it's time for you to choose. Which Miami Icon deserves to represent the Magic City to the rest of the world?

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Inside the Vagabond Hotel, Biscayne Boulevard's Restored MiMo Gem (Photos)

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Photos by Ciara LaVelle
The Vagabond is back, baby.

It feels like forever since construction crews took over the site of the former motel at NE 73rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard, the one where the original Vagabond, the standout property in a string of motels built in the 1950s, once attracted some of Miami's first car-driven tourists.

But at yesterday's soft opening, billed as a "look-see" for neighbors in surrounding communities like Belle Meade, the hotel was looking as swanky as ever -- at least in the parts completed so far.

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