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.
Courtesy of Save the Grove 5329 St. Gaudens Rd.
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.More »