Art Deco Weekend Program Guide - 2016 - Page 61

RESURVEY PROJECT T ART DECO DISTRICT GOES DIGITAL he Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) has undertaken the task of surveying, cataloging and making freely available property information for the historic building stock in Miami Beach. The Miami Beach Architectural District (known locally as the Art Deco Historic District) was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. This was the first historic district in the city and it is now completely accessible online. MDPL employs the services of RuskinARC, a cloud-based architectural survey and historic resource inventory management system, to store the database. The database is available at The Art Deco Museum has several Internet terminals available in the Museum’s community resource area. Visitors are able to view the database through these terminals. Users can view properties on an interactive map that displays information by construction date, design style and other categories. The database contains over 1,300 property sites. Each sites profile contains architectural information, historic building records and photographs. There are over 5,000 photographs for you to view and see each architectural detail up close. In 2012, we began the process to carry out a full re-survey with two graduate students and their advisers from Florida International University’s (FIU) School of Architecture. They studied six buildings and created an action plan for the re-survey. Several student interns have been an intricate part of the project. Currently Carolina Richardson, an architecture student from FIU, is working on the project. MDPL receives funding from the City of Miami Beach that allows us to hire these students. The online database is free to the community. The database serves several functions for MDPL. It will be used to inform MDPL’s advocacy work, educational programming and community outreach activities. Since Domestic building, 1021 Collins Avenue. Hotel, 1545 Collins Avenue. the completion of the database for the Art Deco Historic District work has expanded to the North Beach section of Miami Beach. MDPL plans to one day include all of Miami Beach. This will plan will take several years to complete, but will add a wealth of information to MDPL’s community resources. THE ART OF ARCHITECTURE 59