Architecture and colorful glass in Bay Harbor's East Island

photo by: Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation

11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Bay Harbor's East Island

  • Location: North Bay Village, FL

Bay Harbor’s East Island is one of the largest concentrated collections of mid-century Miami Modern (MiMo) style architecture in the country. MiMo is Miami’s unique interpretation of the Modernist movement—adapted to suit the local climate and embodying the mid-century ideals of forward progress.

Several of the island’s historic buildings were designed by renowned architects including, Morris Lapidus, Henry Hohauser, and Charles McKirahan. These architects helped transition the definitive Miami architectural style from Art Deco in the 1930s into the MiMo style that emerged in the mid-20th century.

“The island’s historic buildings were thoughtfully and creatively adapted to South Florida’s tropical environment. We must urge developers and the city to not subject these uniquely designed mid-century modern structures to the wrecking ball, but instead use them for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.”

Stephanie Meeks

Today, Bay Harbor’s East Island stands threatened with redevelopment as large-scale construction moves throughout the area. Proposals call for the demolition of several historic structures that have long formed a cohesive collection of mid-century modern buildings. Approximately 170 buildings have been identified as historic on East Island and are eligible for national and local historic designation.

Bay Harbor's East Island was included on the Trust's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2014.

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