Friday, July 19, 2013
It's been a long time since we've blogged here, but we are back with exciting news about our firm's activities. We wanted to begin by discussing our involvement with the preservation of the Miami Marine Stadium- a 1963 building by architect Hilario Candela that was the nation's first purpose-built grandstand for watching speedboat racing. The building is in the process of being saved by Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium, a non-profit that has doggedly pursued its rescue from demolition by neglect. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has been championing this project as well, calling it "a masterwork of civic architecture and modern construction." RLA principal Rosa Lowinger has recently been hired by the Coral Gables Museum to curate an exhibit on the stadium's past, present, and future, with special attention to how the stadium has influenced Miami style for nearly 5 decades. The exhibit will open on October 17, 2013 at the Coral Gables Museum. RLA will also be involved in performing cleaning tests on the concrete surface, including developing strategies for removing decades of graffiti and grime. We will also help develop strategies for preserving some of the graffiti-- which is considered widely to be Miami's best. Stay tuned for more.