Art Deco Weekend Program Guide - 2016 - Page 24

TRIBUTE CAPTIMAN MEMORIAL ON OCEAN DRIVE By Andrew Capitman M iami Beach’s Art Deco District has achieved worldwide renown both for its effervescent 1930s Streamline Moderne architecture and for the efforts of several generations of committed preservationists to protect this legacy. Now the Miami Design Preservation League, in cooperation with the City of Miami Beach has erected a permanent memorial to its founder, the creator of the Art Deco District preservation movement, Barbara Baer Capitman (1920-1990). The Barbara Baer Capitman Memorial was funded with generous contributions from the public, philanthropic and individual donors and was designed by Laurinda Spear’s landscape architecture firm, ArquitectonicaGeo. The memorial features a bronze bust of Barbara as a young woman sculpted around 1940 by her mother, Myrtle Bachrach Baer. Located in Lummus Park at Ocean Drive and 13th Street directly across from the Cardozo Hotel, an early MDPL headquarters and the first hotel property to be restored after the Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Barbara Capitman grew up in the political ferment of the Great Depression and was clearly influenced not only by her artistic mother but also the intellectual vigor and creative vibrancy of New York City. A journalist, writer, market researcher and professional publicist, she was the first to recognize that Miami Beach’s old buildings could be the stage set for the revitalization of a fading resort. After founding the Miami Design Preservation League in 1976, she led the League in achieving its objectives of gaining both national recognition and local protection for the Art Deco Dist