Nobody Knows What to Do With The Empty Bacardi Buildings

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Like a model in the VIP room or a cheerleader hankered by an ankle sprain, the Bacardi buildings just kind of sit there and look pretty. The historic buildings have pretty much sat empty since Bacardi moved its headquarters to Coral Cables a year and a half ago, and now community leaders in the Omni neighborhood are looking into ways to give them new purpose. Problem is the City of Miami doesn't have much money to do anything with them.

The buildings, still owned by Bacardi, were granted special historic status in 2009. Though Bacardi recently won rights to develop some of the land around the buildings as long as new construction doesn't block the view of the artwork on the side of the blue and white building from Biscayne Boulevard. Though, Bacardi has no plans yet to do so.

According to Open Media Miami, local community leaders have suggested using the buildings to display artwork by local artists (which would be awesome, assuming it doesn't involve Britto):
Arlys Raymond, executive director of the Bakehouse Art Complex, said if Bacardi wanted they could lease the buildings to the city for a "reasonable fee."

The problem, she says, is that even at a low rate the city might not be capable of paying for it since there's been so many budget cuts.

"It would be great to make it public, I just don't see it happening," she said.

Raymond thinks the property could be made into a park if trees and sculptural artwork were to be added in the land surround the structures.
Bacardi says it's keeping its ears open to possible uses for the iconic buildings, but it doesn't seem like any plan will be set in motion anytime soon. So, for now, they'll just continue to sit empty and look gorgeous.

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The city of Miami doesn't have money huh? Perhaps the city managers could offer some of their kickbacks for the year so that maybe, just maybe, we don't have empty buildings in the middle of the city. Just a thought.

Indict Manny Diaz
Indict Manny Diaz

Bacardi left Miami for Coral Gables because former Mayor Manny Diaz ignored them. So they left, leaving empty buildings.

Skip Van Cel
Skip Van Cel

Found this online about Duane Hanson and the Bacardi Building:

In 1965, Hanson began teaching at Dade Community College in Miami, where he had an artistic breakthrough. He was in favor of legalizing abortion and created a sculpture entitled Abortion,which depicted a young pregnant girl on a table covered in a white linen sheet.  He submitted the piece in the annual Sculptors of Florida exhibition, which resulted in strong negative reactions by critics.  The controversy was so heated, that Hanson was banned from producing his sculptures in the studio at the college.  This rejection and negative reaction didn't hamper his politically driven work.

Hanson continued to create sculptures with a message that portrayed victims of social misery, suicide, poverty, rape, murder, racism and violence.    In 1967, he made his first casts from living models, which inspired him to create more realistic sculptures.  In the same year Hanson created works that reflected the turbulent social time including War, Gangland Victim and Motorcycle Accident.  Gangland Victim and Motorcycle Accident were exhibited at the Bacardi Museum in Miami, which caused civic protests.

Skip Van Cel
Skip Van Cel

Why not just call them sculptures and be done with it?


How about throwing concerts in the awesome fucking patio that always has a do not enter or get prosecuted sign, or y'know maybe taking that sign down and letting tourist go in there and take pictures as a start.


Something will happen with it, all those people moving into the area, the Arsht, the new Casino at the Herald, etc, etc.

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