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Last Call to Save The Senator!

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1988 Flyer “LAST CALL TO SAVE THE SENATOR!” at Miami Beach City Hall on Convention Center Drive on June 1st. BE THERE TO WITNESS THE FINAL MEETING….Join us at our monthly Happy Hour at the Strand Restaurant (671 Washington Ave.) following the Commission Meeting. Picture of Barbara Baer Capitman being escorted by police off the front of the Senator Hotel at 1201 Collins Avenue on October 12, 1988 for protesting its demolition. Sadly, the razing of the Senator started that same day. How many out there have memories of this historical time in South Beach’s history?

Barbara Baer Capitman being escorted by the police off the porch of The Senator the day of demolition.
Photograph of The Senator Hotel in 1987; courtesy of Wilson McPhert while on holiday from Australia.
1988 Flyer "LAST CALL TO SAVE THE SENATOR!"

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Deco district on the Beach could be draw (1981)

Deco district on the Beach could be draw (1981)

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Historic Threads: Revitalizing America's Historic Resorts: Annual 'Back to the City' conference opens April 13 in Art Deco district (1984)

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Read Time: 3 mins The annual Back to the City conference was a significant gathering focused on urban preservation and revitalization efforts in historic American cities. The conference served as a platform for discussing the resurgence of residential and commercial interests in decaying inner cities, aiming to rejuvenate and preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of these urban areas.

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