Historic Preservationist Seek to Save Miami Herald Building

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Despite the fact it's basically a big ugly box painted in a shade that resembles faded mustard, historic preservationists are trying to save the Miami Herald building by seeking historic status. That would, of course, impede Malaysian gambling magnate Genting Corp, which now owns the building and the land it sits on, from implementing its now tempered plans to turn the site into condo buildings and a hotel. 

The Herald of course, to their credit, is still breaking most Herald-building-related news, and says that an application was submitted to the Dade Heritage Trust this week to grant the building historic status. That would prevent any significant alterations to the outside of the building. Genting of course wants to just tear the whole thing down, which would, obviously, also be prevented. 

The historic designation would allow additions to the current building. So, theoretically, it could become a big ugly midcentury box surrounded by modern additions. Great! 
From the Herald:
"You can't take decades of Miami history and wipe it clean in the blink of an eye," said Becky Roper Matkov, chief executive officer of the Dade Heritage Trust. "We undersand that they have to do something useful with the building, but we just think it has a lot of potential if you're creative in how you reuse it."

In making the case for historic preservation, the application points to the building's distinction as a prime example of Miami Modern architecture (dubbed MiMo), the role its leaders played in Miami's history and how the paper itself has reflected the changing trends in the community.
Miami, we think, deserves a paper that still accurately reflects the changing trends of the community, and not necessarily a building that used to house one.

People at the Dade Heritage Trust apparently consider it a prime example of MiMo architecture, which we think is a slap in the face of MiMo architecture. It's an office building that reflects the architecture trends of the time it was built, but most certainly not is a prime example of them. 
 
Discussions will be taken up by the board in September. 
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sally.mcdermitt
sally.mcdermitt

Tear down the Miami Herald building.  Create jobs, improve infrastructure and clean up downtown.  Time to improve our city.  I thought i would enjoy the new baseball stadium, but i do.  It is one of the better decisions the city made in tearing it down and building a new one.  the same needs to happen with the ugly Miami Herald building.  Tear it down, and rebuild - there is absolutely nothing special about the current Miami Herald building.  Pull it down! 

longa
longa

Where was the Dade Trust when the County tore down the Orange Bowl?  How can you claim an ugly office building is a landmark in this community shortly after you turned a blind eye to tearing down of a true Miami landmark?  Admittedly, the Orange Bowl was not aesthetically pleasing but that structure had a lot of history (3 of the first 5 Super Bowls) and housed one of the greatest (and most controversial) college football teams in the country, The U. 

phillipjohnson151
phillipjohnson151

Ya gotta say how dumb the Dade Trust is, really.  Obviously they are pissed Genting didnt fund them and now they have that No Casino group donating to them so they are trying to make waves where non should exists.  The law needs to get involved and Dade Heritage trust should be investigated for extortion and fraud as should the No Casino losers!

sally.mcdermitt
sally.mcdermitt

The Miami Herald building as it sits now is one ugly building.  Tear it down, use the land for something that will benefit the city, not be an eyesore for ever!

terrycloth
terrycloth

The No Casino group is using the Dade Heritage Trust to stop Genting from developing the Miami Herald property. The building has NO merit as a historical site.  The DHT's bogus claims is load of crap. The building is an eyesore and is begging demolition.  The city will benefit from an attractive casino on the site, not to mention jobs and revenue.

 

 

foxatwork
foxatwork

The Dade Heritage Trust is trying to prevent the development of a world-class casino and resort using that ugly Miami Herald building as a pretext. The building doesn't meet the criteria for historical preservation.  And it's ugly. The DHT tried to extort $2 million from Genting and after that failed, they pimped themselves out to the Walt Disney World's No Casino group to keep a lock on tourist dollars. 

Check out the whole story at http://floridaclarion.org/2012/07/24/dade-heritage-trust-in-shakedown-of-genting/

 

 

 

stinkyfoote
stinkyfoote

 The old Miami Herald building is an eyesore. And it  doesn’t even meet the “older than 50 years” requirement to be deemed a historical landmark. The Dade Heritage Trust is so slimy and base that that they made this an underhanded move after their own attempt at extorting $2 million from Genting failed.  The DHT's efforts to preserve the Herald building is paid for by the No Casinos crowd.   Miami city politics stinks on ice.  It's pay-for-play.   

 

 

 

mikemoskos
mikemoskos

Me thinks Genting could build right around and perhaps over it if they had to. It could become a small convention center or a building of big trendy suites. Most of the city's historical buildings we value now were pretty trashy, ugly, and deemed by most ready for the wrecking ball just a few years ago. MIMO style renovates well. 

Biscayne Bystander
Biscayne Bystander

What garbage.  That building is as ugly as they come & should be torn down.  There's no history to be preserved there.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

"Discussion will be taking up by the board in September."

christianberke80
christianberke80

Mimo architecture. Dade Heritage Trust just wants to ensure that Genting gives up and goes home because legalizing casino gambling is hopeless. We have treated Genting like crap!!! They invest millions and first our legislators support them and then one hokey excuse after another they bail. Thats called being paid off. I for one support the casino bill and think someone should investigate who is behind Dade Trust and more importantly - who is paying for this????

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Just another attempted shakedown of Genting Corp.   Have they no shame?  Aside from a crooked politician blowing his brains out there and his antagonist, writer breaking the law nothing of historical significance came about there.

Architecturally it makes a mini-store-it building look like that Taj Mahal.

kathleensmith84
kathleensmith84

I hope we see through this crap. Dade Heritage Trust is as dirty as they come. It makes no sense to seek historic status on a 50 year building thats ugly and in desperate need of renovation. Dade Heritage Trust is controlled by special interests and is just trying to block any further casino gambling bill. Genting has done right by our community and invested millions- we should do right by them

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