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Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board wants the Coconut Grove Playhouse, empty and unused since closing 10 years ago, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, citing its authentic design and associated standards for the designation in a resolution scheduled for a hearing Sept. 9 in City Hall.

Coconut Grove Playhouse

In January 2014, Miami-Dade won state permission to take over the mid-1920s building and look into redevelopment for a 300-seat theater; in April 2015, the county commission approved an operating agreement between Miami-Dade and GableStage for an initial 25 years in the redeveloped playhouse with three 25-year options to review. Commissioners also awarded a professional services award to Arquitectonica for architectural, engineering and specialty consulting.

Back in the late-’50s Coconut Grove Playhouse had in important role in the Coconut Grove Art Festival creation. It was surrounding the Playhouse that was held the first art exhibit that originated the event Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

The National Register of Historic Places is an official listing of properties throughout the US that reflect the prehistoric occupation and historic development of our nation, states and communities. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

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