The beloved South Beach lifeguard houses designed by architect William Lane will be removed according to Miami Beach officials by March 2015, which is the 100 year anniversary of the city. The houses (or stands however you prefer) were in place since the mid 1990s. But this isn’t all bad news. Miami Beach actually will replace the houses with newly designed ones by the same architect. The old houses will be auctioned off unless the city comes up with another idea of what to do with them.
Its 29 lifeguard houses in total. The cost to replace each house will be around $30,000 – $50,000 each (whoa).
“When you have structures on the ocean, there’s a lot of wind, there’s a lot of salt, there’s a lot of wear and tear. And that’s our front door. That’s the beginning of where our brand takes place,” said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
So let’s see what they do with the old and let’s see if they get the new ones right. A piece of South Florida right here so enjoy it while you can.
Photos by Leo Caillard