On May 14th, 1979, the Miami Beach Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as the nation’s first urban 20th century Historic District. At a state hearing in December 1978, a review board heard Barbara Baer Capitman’s pleas proposing a historic district to be preserved in South Beach for about 1,200 buildings. Despite the immense powerful opposition against it, on this day 800 buildings were named as Historic Places. This designation made it more difficult to demolish these buildings, gave tax advantages to property owners who restored them and made available low interest federal loans for the restoration work.
Shown is an archival letter from Secretary of State dated June 22nd, 1979 stating the Miami Beach Architectural District has been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Miami Herald’s newspaper photograph of Barbara Baer Capitman and her supporters celebrating their victory.