The historic Deauville Resort in Miami Beach has been declared unsafe and the city is expected to issue a demolition order for it.
The hotel has been vacant since July 2017, despite Miami being one of the country’s hottest hotel markets.
The resort was built in 1957, and is protected by the city as part of the North Beach Historic District. It was made famous in the 1960s when the Beatles performed there on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Miami Beach attempted to prevent what they called demolition by neglect, including by forcing the owner to provide a Structural Condition Assessment Report from a licensed engineer.
That report ended up providing bad news however: the building “is unsafe and cannot be saved due to structural defects in the building,” according to a memo from the city manager issued late Friday.
A Miami Beach Building Official has informed the city manager that upon upon verification of the accuracy of the report, a demolition order for the Deauville will be issued.
(photo: Phillip Pessar, taken February 2018)
Photos showing the Deauville shortly after completion in 1957, and JFK speaking there in 1961:
(photos: Florida Memory)