"The current owners of the Parker designed (ca. 1965) Landon residence (located at 2 Casuarina Concourse in the Gables Estates neighborhood of Coral Gables, FL), want to tear it down as they haven’t been able to sell the home as is. The City of Coral Gables is fighting the demolition (the city’s Historic Preservation Board denied demolition at their December 20, 2012 meeting), as they feel the structure is of historical importance as it is an extant, well preserved example of Parker’s mature work (it was actually Landmarked 2/16/12). Anyway, the applicant is appealing to the City Commission. The case will be heard February 5, 2013. Both the applicant and the City of Coral Gables have lawyered up for what might be a battle. The original designation report by the staff of the Historic Resources Department to the Historic Preservation Board of the City of Coral Gables, in response to the owner’s initial request for demolition, was dated 2/14/12, so this has been going on for quite some time."
It's terrible to think this impressive work of architecture could be lost because it won't sell. If you're inclined to speak out in support of its preservation, please send an email to the following Coral Gables city contacts: Dona Spain (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Kara Kautz (KKautz@coralgables.com).
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:: Learn more about Alfred Browning Parker and how important the Landon residence (and the rest of his works are) by picking up a copy of The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist
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