Coral Gables Glass House is a Le Corbusier Dream for $1.78 Million

Listed just over a month ago for $1.78 million, this modernist house in Coral Gables embodies the ‘machine for living,’ minimalist, glass-on-white ethos of high modernism, with a Le Corbusian / Bauhausian aesthetic. Built in 1979, and designed by a “European architect” per the listing, it looks like something that could have just as easily been plucked out of late 1920s Germany.

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The Office in the Grove Will Be Considered for Miami Historic Designation on September 5th

“Docomomo US / Florida, the local chapter of Docomomo International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement for nearly 25 years, applied May 5 to the City of Miami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board requesting them to designate Office in the Grove, Coconut Grove, a historic, architectural resource.”

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A Photographic Tour of the Office in the Grove’s Art-Filled Lobby Before It Was Destroyed

This is the richly decorated, highly sculptural lobby of The Office in the Grove, designed by architect Kenneth Treister in 1970. The building was modernist, but the lobby interior was richly covered in plaster and concrete bas reliefs, copper sculptures and light fixtures, and intricately carved wood elevator panels, depicting many of the natural wonders of the Office in the Grove’s surrounding neighborhood, a place where peacocks walk the streets (Some consider them a public nuisance sadly) and palm trees galore make the name ‘Coconut Grove’ literally true.

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