Saturday, September 30, 2017

“Wes, I understand you’re passionate about the Gulfstream Hotel. But can you explain why?”

Allow me to explain this way, from a Letter to Editor at The Palm Beach Post dated April 4th, 1994:

“It [the Pennsylvania Hotel] is one of the few remaining structures from the city’s glorious but fading past.

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And there is more. The Gulfstream Hotel in January 2016, the Pennsylvania Hotel, and the Belleview Biltmore: What history teaches us about
historic preservation.

Regular daily readers of this blog will recall the Gulfstream Hotel “Daily Progress Reports” last June and July. Allowed to continue — not taking the steps and doing what’s necessary to preserve and care for this structure — the Gulfstream Hotel will be demolished. That’s a certainty and will forever be a black eye for our City’s Historic Preservation efforts.

What will it take for the Millennials to
carry on the fight

“Maybe it’s our Gulfstream Hotel, still an eyesore in our Downtown following all that excitement in January 2016, that stands a constant reminder what historic preservation cannot do. What needs to happen is not happening. We need more young people to get actively involved.”

Just because this historic structure is on the National Register of Historic Places offers no relief from the wrecking ball once the building is allowed to deteriorate to the point of falling apart. There’s a name for this process: it’s called “demolition by neglect”.

“Preserving Tomorrow” the fence signage once boasted (since removed) at the Gulfstream Hotel: Hudson Holdings “is a national historic property developer and a leader in urban development
and management”.

“Our plans are to rehabilitate this hotel [and] bring it back to its historic significance in the public areas, the lobby, corridors etc.,” said Steven Michael, principal of developer Hudson Holdings during a tour Friday. “We’ll do a complete rehabilitation of the whole building from top to bottom.”

Quote from this article
in the Sun Sentinel datelined April 14th, 2017, 5½ months ago.

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