Art Deco Weekend Program Guide - 2016 - Page 56

BARBARA BAER CAPITMAN ART DECO PUT STATE OF FLORIDA IN VANGUARD OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION Our sub-tropical city reigns with world’s first urban 20th century historic district By Michael D. Kinerk (MDPL Chairman Emeritus) and Dennis W. Wilhelm, charter member MDPL U nderpinning the acclaim and celebrity of Miami Beach’s southern tip (aka “South Beach”) is a National Register historic district devoted to architecture of the Twentieth Century — the first such urban district in the world. We call it the “Art Deco District.” It is a cityscape comprising some 800 buildings in the Tropical Art Deco style, and another 200 in Spanish and Mediterranean Revival. The effect of historic preservation on the economy of Miami Beach and the entire state of Florida is startling: from 1990 to 2010 the value of all real property in Miami Beach rose almost tenfold from $2.5 billion to $22 billion. City officials proclaimed that the renovation of historic properties and smart zoning — not new construction — resulted in the rise in value. In 2010 a comprehensive study of historic preservation was completed by Rutgers University. It covered 23 years of development in the Art Deco District, and compared our District to all historic districts in Florida. The study confirmed that for 13 straight years the Art Deco District has been the number ONE tourist attraction in Miami-Dade and number TWO in Florida. The study examined many economic metrics, including hotel and restaurant revenue, 54 ART DECO WEEKEND MDPL tour for Andy Warhol in March of 1980. and jobs. Restaurant and hotel revenue rose from $900 million in 2002 — when the District already was well established — to $1.6 billion in 2008. A key conclusion of the study “… the preservation of Miami Beach has had a significant regional impact. [In 2008] the Art Deco District [was] visited by nearly 52% of Miami-Dade County’s 12 million visitors. “From 1995 to 2009 ... visitors to Miami Beach spent $15 billion for food, drinks and lodging, with historic South Beach drawing nearly 75% of this spending.”