DHT celebrates historic preservation and reveals Most Endangered Sites

DHT celebrates historic preservation and reveals Most Endangered Sites
DHT celebrates historic preservation and reveals Most Endangered Sites
Pictured are members of the Dade Heritage Trust Board for the 2019-20 service year.
(Photo by Robert Gibson)

Dade Heritage Trust hosted the 2019 Preservation Awards and Annual Meeting on Apr. 11 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Downtown Miami’s Lummus Park Historic District. The nonprofit also unveiled its list of the Most Endangered Sites of 2019 during the event.

This year’s list of 12 endangered sites showcases a variety of areas, architectural styles, eras and uses from a variety of neighborhoods. The selected sites include Coconut Grove, the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, the Gondola Building in Coral Gables, the Historic Buildings of Matheson Hammock Park, and the Riverside/Little Havana neighborhoods in the city of Miami.

In addition to the 12 endangered sites, 17 awards were presented to organizations and individuals for their good works in historic preservation.

Among this year’s Preservation Winners were: Maria Nardi, director of Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces; Brownsville Civic Neighborhood Association; City of Coral Gables and the OMNI CRA. The 2019 Henriette Harris Award went to Daniel Ciraldo, executive director for the Miami-Design Preservation League, while the inaugural Dolly MacIntyre Resiliency Award went to The Miami Foundation for efforts in bringing the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative to Miami-Dade County.

“The Preservation Awards are really meant to promote and highlight the good work in preservation in Miami-Dade County,” said Christine Rupp, executive director of DHT. “It’s true that most people don’t know that there are good preservation projects out there, and there are people that are concerned about these historic and cultural assets and want to bring them back to life… Telling the story of these places, that help tell the story of our diverse community, is vital to making Miami a better place to live for all.”

The nonprofit also welcomed five new members to its 2019-20 board: Kelly Gonzalez, Emmet Moore, Ian van Walleghem, Mary Ann Ruiz and Luke Wolfson.

To learn more about Dade Heritage Trust call 305-358-9572 or visit www.dadeheritagetrust.org.

Dade Heritage Trust (DHT) is Miami-Dade County’s largest preservation organization. Founded in 1972 as a grassroots organization to save and protect Miami-Dade County’s historic buildings, DHT’s mission is to preserve our community’s architectural, environmental and cultural heritage. Through a variety of programs, advocacy projects, special events, exhibits and presentations, DHT furthers the mission by engaging Miami-Dade residents and visitors in preservation education.

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