11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Bay Harbor’s East Island


Year Listed: 2014
Location: Dade County, Florida
Threat: Demolition

Bay Harbor’s East Island


Photo courtesy Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation

Significance

Bay Harbor’s East Island is one of the largest concentrated collections of mid-century Miami Modern (MiMo) style architecture in the country. MiMo is Miami’s unique interpretation of the Modernist movement—adapted to suit the local climate and embodying the mid-century ideals of forward progress.

Several of the island’s historic buildings were designed by renowned architects including, Morris Lapidus, Henry Hohauser, and Charles McKirahan. These architects helped transition the definitive Miami architectural style from Art Deco in the 1930s into the MiMo style that emerged in the mid-20th century.

Today, Bay Harbor’s East Island stands threatened with redevelopment as large-scale construction moves throughout the area.