City Condemns & Demolishes 95 Year Old Hotel Near Arsht Center

The 95-year-old Willard Hotel has been demolished.

Built in 1923, it was condemned by Miami’s Unsafe Structure Panel in January and ordered demolished.

In July, the owner of the property declined to hire their own demolition contractor, and instead agreed to allow the city to demolish the building.

A demolition permit was applied for on August 8, and approved August 29. It was pulled by the contractor on September 27. Total demolition cost is listed at $38,625.

Records show that Gypsy K LLC, controlled by the Kluger Family Limited Partnership, purchased the property on June 20, 2018 for $3.8 million. The company already owned the surrounding land, of which a portion appears to be leased to developer Melo Group as a staging area for the Art Plaza project.

 

(bottom 2 photos: phillip pessar)

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MSK
2 years ago

Anyone know where I can find the history on this property? From the looks of it, before it became a haven for drug addicts and homeless people, I am sure it had a very, very rich history…interesting to see these properties slowly disappearing one by one with that kind of old architecture.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good riddance what a dump! MELO doin work!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s what will happen with all the poorly built ugly MELO projects in 50 years. They definitely won’t last 95 years like this one.

Anonymous
2 years ago

And you won’t be on this earth 50 years from now to know if Melo’s projects did.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Neither will the rest of Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is Hilarious!!Perfect Comment! I agree.
The Melo fan club is coming to get you now !!

Anonymous
2 years ago

and the moishe mana fan club will applaud him. promises and promises to build a great downtown and all you see is empty lots

Anonymous
2 years ago

More like a hate club, nobody here likes him.

Anonymous
2 years ago

all the melo haters pretending to have great taste for architecture, why don’t you show us your great building designs, maybe gensler or any other great architecture firm may see them and hire you

Anonymous
2 years ago

…and you think Melo hires decent architects? LOL!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wonder, how may hookers and their John’s past through that place?

Anonymous
2 years ago

I mean’t – how many hookers and their John’s……

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

It was a last stop before homelessness for some. Horrible conditions, owner hired junkies to collect the rent.
The roof blew off during Irma, and the residents ended up in a Red Cross shelter.

marc
2 years ago

I’m assuming the owners are being billed for the demo.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They better be! I would raise hell if our tax payer dollars are going to subsidize an owner of prime land.

aceraroja
2 years ago

Ah man I kept putting off taking a good photo of the trees growing out of the roof. Shame to see it go but at this point there was no saving it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Save, why?

Anonymous
2 years ago

It looked better than Melo’s crap in the works, even with all the classic detailing stripped.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Excellent site for a highrise apartment building.

AndrewN
2 years ago

While the building has history, the building as it stood a few days ago looked like it would be very difficult to save. Buildings that have been allowed to go into that much decay are nightmares even for the best of preservationists. There are better buildings to put our energy behind saving.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Like the old 1910s mansion at Unity on the Bay. Oh wait, HPB is busy approving changing doors on some crappy 1950s buildings in the MiMo district, only designated because of NIMBYs rather than architectural merit.

Anonymous
2 years ago

1000’s of same building you can save in Little Havana.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Who pays for that demolition? Owner or us the taxpayers?

AndrewN
2 years ago

I am surprised it didn’t fall over on its own. It was barely standing.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Unsafe structure…” What’s it going to do, walk off and kill somebody? Moronic laws and people going into these structures, I tell you what.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well, why didn’t you take your money, buy it, and get it up to code?

JES
2 years ago

Do you know anything about construction and engineering? Yes, it can kill somebody. Cracked foundations, sagging roof trusses, bowing walls, and all other kinds of defective structural items from a time when building codes were almost non-existent and composition of materials were not well understood, on top of decades of hurricane damage and neglect. Add to that outdated and decaying electrical systems that could easily electrocute or catch fire, which leads to fire safety (again, at a time when codes were almost non-existent); minimum hallway widths, minimum distances to fire exits, second-floor fire escapes, etc. The list goes on. I don’t know what issues were specific to this building but to just brush it off as “moronic laws and people” is pretty ignorant.

Anonymous
2 years ago

OMG, THEY ARE DESTROYING THE ARCHITECTURE PAST OF MIAMI!!!
This archetype of the last century premodernist, this great architectural gem, example of the beautiful “Chaud Arts” ( similar to beaux arts , but hot) and with some Art Deco influence, imposing a futuristic and precursor example of the Mimo Art, should have been preserved for many, many future generations to admire and revive the splendid and splendor of Miami’s Architectural heritage

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sense you fell that way, like I said to the other Anonymous “why didn’t you take your money, buy it, and get it up to code?”

Anonymous
2 years ago

You don’t get sarcasm, do you?

Anonymous
2 years ago

First of all, read a book on “how to use sarcasm” and then maybe you’ll be more proficient at it.

No you relax
2 years ago

It belongs only in the history books since nobody in their right mind would ever stay here and besides the air rights are crucial to the density this area is shaping up for. It would also cost more to restore than to demolish probably. Save it for your architecture class this place was trash and deserved to be destroyed.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You don’t get sarcasm, do you ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

There are too many people who come on this site and whine and beg for the preservation of some building like this in Miami. So no, I don’t get your type of “sarcasm.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

You probably have no idea that all the architectural jargon was a sarcastic remark. If you thought that I was pro keeping this structure, then you need to read “Basic Architecture for Dummies “

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