Office in the Grove is a 44-year-old office building located on South Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove. Recently, an advocacy group filed an application with the City of Miami to preserve the building, despite the fact that it is not architecturally significant, has never played a significant role in Coconut Grove’s history, and does not meet the City’s heightened designation criteria for buildings under 50-years-old.
The building architect/developer’s more notable works in Miami include the Holocaust Memorial and the Mayfair Hotel and Shops, neither of which has been historically designated.
Historic designation is appropriate and extremely important when merited, but Office in the Grove does not make the grade. In fact, the following respected preservation professionals/groups have concluded that Office in the Grove fails to meet the City of Miami’s historic preservation criteria and does not merit historic designation:
· City of Miami’s current Preservation Officer
· Megan Schmitt, former City of Miami Preservation Officer
· Richard Heisenbottle, preservation architect
· Dade Heritage Trust
· Terence Riley, AIA, architect
If the City designates a property that does not meet preservation criteria, it not only damages the credibility of the process by which buildings are designated but also undermines the importance of the many truly exceptional and historic buildings in our community.
If you agree with these noted preservation professionals/groups that Office in the Grove does not merit historic designation, please sign the petition below.