Miami Beach’s Historic Deauville Resort Set For Demolition, ‘Cannot Be Saved’

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)

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Anonymous
13 days ago

Meruelo family who owns this hotel, knows exactly what they are doing, they just scored a big win. Its not a loss for them. That’s what they wanted all along. If you’ve been following this saga. They now have the most valuable parcel in all of South Beach.
This has foul play by them written all over. They fought with condo owners there, purposely left it in disrepair. If I had to wager, that “fire” was not a mistake.
Perfect for a Casino to come in a build something nice… oh that’s right; they own the old SLS Las Vegas Casino among others, now called Sahara Las Vegas. Coincidence…

Who will win out the battle for the first Miami Beach Casino? The Soffer family or the Meruelo family.
The saga continues…

Rigo
13 days ago

I agree, this is just what the current owners have been angling for the whole time. Guess their long game worked. Wonder if this will set a precedent for other historic properties in Miami Beach…pretty sad that the system is so easily gamed. That said, this is an amazing development site so hopefully some pretty special goes up in its place.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Deauville aint in South Beach smh

Anonymous
13 days ago

^downvoted by a douche who has lived in SFL for 15 minuters and thinks all of Miami Beach is South Beach.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I do not remember exactly where it is .It is kind of in between 74th street and that park with some workout equipment.Can’t remember the name.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Who cares all this “must save a building that someone famous walked into” keeps property prices high and development low, lets building back better! 😉

Anonymous
13 days ago

“Build back better” i.e., another box with ugly balconies by Arquitectonica or Kobi Krap and will fall apart in twenty years.

chubbyrain
12 days ago

at least it will fall apart

Disgruntled of the Preservationists
12 days ago

The Mereulos may not be saints but it is THEIR property. They should be able to do as they see fit (4th Amendment and all that good stuff). If the hysterical preservationists wanted to keep it they can buy it at full price. Those of us in the industry are tired of the Nimbys and H.P. Repairing or preserving an old building is a lot more labor intensive and eats into profit..Give me a new building anytime

Anonymous
11 days ago

Unfortunately for the murelos they bought the property at a huge discount, and ended up only paying 4 million dollars with the requirement they restore the hotel, not tear it down. If they test it down that would be a breach of contract.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Where’s the beach in that one picture…

William
13 days ago

global cooling

Anonymous
13 days ago

I guess they weren’t big on beach replenishment back in the day

Anonymous
13 days ago

Seems like the obvious reason the building isnt safe to stay in now….

Yet Another Anonymous
13 days ago

They used to not build up the beach all the time and those caissons have something to do with it, too.
Can’t remember if they were supposed to capture sand or what.

Anonymous
13 days ago

That’s a VERY old picture. Not what it looks like today. Has nothing to do with its condemnation.

Anonymous
12 days ago

That building can be saved, there’s no need to tear it down.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Your a structural engineer?
You have inspected the building?

Anonymous
11 days ago

You’re*

Anonymous
12 days ago

No offense to you but have you actually seen the building? I lived in South Florida for twenty years.For 4-5 years this place looks disgusting.Its support metal wires at the bottom are exposed and twisted.Meaning the building can collapse at any time.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Just because there’s a piece of rebar sticking out the side of the building all rusted and twisted, doesn’t mean that’s the case for the entire building. That building can be restored!. In the meantime I suggest going to the newly replenished beach behind this building and enjoy the peace and tranquility of a deserted beach, which is hard to find in Miami Beach.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Looking forward to seeing what replaces it.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I hope the new building retains the name.

Dude
13 days ago

How big of a building can you build on that property?

Anonymous
11 days ago

Unfortunately that building will not be torn down without a long legal battle costing millions to the owners. They could probably expect a legal bill of whatever the current market value of the property minus the 4 million they paid for it. I guess they can choose how they would like to move forward. Their former failed plan of secretly remodeling a few rooms at a time backfired on them, causing the mess they’re in now.

An American
13 days ago

Low income housing for “minorities” yousa yousa

Anonymous
13 days ago

I’m a white Oky from the Stokies of West Virginia.. can I live there?

Anonymous
13 days ago

If you got the CASH

Anonymous
13 days ago

I hope there will be tall glass towers.I feel bad for the people next to the hotel of Deuville.That place looks disgusting and has crossed metal wires in the open

Peter
13 days ago

This is criminal. Unfortunately, this is what is going to happen to the Raleigh Hotel. That will sad too. The city should do a taking of the property due to neglect. Even if the building needs to be demolished, the owners should not benefit. We can’t incentivize this behavior.

Disgruntled of the Preservationists
12 days ago

How would the city pay for this? I wouldn’t want even higher taxes to pay for your pie in the sky.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Criminal prosecution and prison for the Meruelo family !!!!!! A complete embarrassment to history, architecture, Miami Beach and Dade County

Shawn Kouri
13 days ago

What a sad sad thing to hear. A hotel that’s under historic preservation is told to be demolished and torn down all because the facility was deemed unsafe after years of abandonment and neglect following the fire back in 2017. If you can remember the story of how it all went down, some artists were scheduled to perform at the hotel that summer. The owners illegally put in an air conditioning condenser and were later slapped with violations and fines by the city of Miami Beach. They turned it back on again, and finally in the middle of the night, a fire breaks out. Just one fire caused people to evacuate the next morning leaving people displaced and to wonder if the event was still going to continue on. They then had to find other hotels. Five years later, hotel owners were scheduled to make some improvements but left the resort abandoned. I see it every single time I ride bikes with my dad on that boardwalk and icing the construction boards on the wall every time and we always wonder what are they going to do with the hotel. Now, just 4 to 5 years of being left abandoned resulted in the building being deemed unsafe. Now, the hotel isn’t worth renovating. A historic landmark, a famous icon of our beloved hotel industry has been deemed unfixable. R. I. P. Douvelle.

Anonymous
13 days ago

City should take over this place to show the rest if you leave your hitoric PROPERTY in neglegt to the point of no return. PROPERTY goes to the city.

Disgruntled of the Preservationists
12 days ago

Castro, Ortega, Maduro et al would be proud of you

Anonymous
13 days ago

The property owner should face stiff fines. I know it wouldn’t matter once they sell the property for a fortune. But it should send a message to others hoping to leave historic buildings in neglect to make a huge profit later.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Great news! This building has been derelict for years. A homeless magnet and a drag on the neighborhood. The sooner the better.

Yet Another Anonymous
13 days ago

Other than the entrance it doesn’t look that special architecture-wise.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I used to think Miami Beach had a great historic preservation policy, but after seeing roaring twenties homes destroyed for spec houses that look like giant car batteries, you can see its flaws. Same with NYC, when they allowed the Drake Hotel to be demolished for an eyesore like 432 Park Avenue. Miami proper needs to be more proactive, too and designate more historic districts to stop historic buildings from being stripped and turned into concrete boxes, and spend less time arguing over door knobs on postwar buildings that shouldn’t have even been designated.

Anonymous
13 days ago

They had a huge ballroom.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Had my HS prom there.

Anonymous
13 days ago

they want to erase history in miami beach, they keep demolishing historic homes and now they are going to demolish this historic building and the current mayor wants high rises on ocean drive

Anonymous
13 days ago

‘they want to erase history in Miami Beach”

Yes, the Tequesta couldn’t agree more….

Anonymous
13 days ago

OUT with the old, IN with the new!

Anonymous
13 days ago

Good for Miami Beach being proactive and giving neglected infrastructure the action needed to prevent something like Surfside from happening again. Build a new Art Deco hotel in place of it!

Anonymous
12 days ago

I agree.This building seriously looks in way worse shape than surfside.Atleast when I walked past Champlain towers the windows were better shape and not broken balconies.I am surprised Deauville has not collapsed by now.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Good who cares if someone famous once used the bathroom, redevelop that property and lets get ready for the next great thing!

Tim Reid
12 days ago

Follow the money. It was very deliberate “demolition by neglect” that led to this. The owners should be publicly shamed and run out of town for their so-called “neglect”, not rewarded.

J.M.
13 days ago

Good riddance!

GIna
13 days ago

Fun fact – the Deauville’s claim to fame was that the Beatles played there back in the day. There was wishful thnking that the propertywould be renovated and the hotel would be host to a Beatles festival. The city was all over them with fines but to no avail.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I feel a little disappointed but at the same time no.I sometimes walk by this place and I see wires out in the open and tangled up.Not an expert exactly but isn’t that hazardous?It actually used to be super nice when it was cared for.

Tim Reid
12 days ago

The owners should be fined and prosecuted. This is flagrant, greed-driven disregard for an irreplaceable city and state historic landmark.

https://www.remiamibeach.com/north-beach/ruling-allows-miami-beach-to-fine-owners-for-failing-to-maintain-historic-deauville-hotel/

Anonymous
12 days ago

Blow it up already!

Anonymous G
13 days ago

Excited to see what replaces it.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Historic, but defective and dangerous. Sorry to see it go…

Anonymous
13 days ago

I’m sure they tried REALLY hard to save it.

Tim Reid
12 days ago

Important Update on Public Hearing This Morning:
http://www.savethedeauville.com/

Anonymous
12 days ago

Owners got what they wanted all along. Knew how to play the game with city officials and easily got away with it. Shameful how the system works. Others who don’t have the money are made to pay or fix what they owe/own.

Chuck Volpe
12 days ago

Not a building left in Miami. Everything goes. Sad. Spend NY Eve there in 1968. Saw Jerry Vale or somebody like that performing. What’s next, the Fountainebleau?

Joe
12 days ago

Just what Trump did in Atlantic City it’s a 1% er get over nasty ppl

Anonymous
12 days ago

I’m

Anonymous
11 days ago

My friend in 1965 had his bar mitzvah there’s. The shops, club, pumpernicks across the street. I saw sonny & Cher I’m 1974 before the split with sister sledge opening , $6.50. Donna summer, Jackie mason, Rodney dangerfield & many others but do long ago & other things , i forgot . In 201: filmed magic city there pretending is was The Fountainbleu. We lost a staple in MB, the 33141. Glad I don’t live there anymore. It’s a weird different place. So sorry