another vote to save the log cabin

North Shore

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

another vote to save the log cabin:

preservation board calls for restoration

The Historic Preservation Board weighed in on the debate over the fate of the City-owned log cabin at 8128 Collins Avenue. Last month, the Commission’s Finance and Citywide Projects Committee voted to demolish the structure due to its deteriorated condition. Since then, members of the community and the County’s Historic Preservation Board have voiced loud opposition to demolition.
 
This week the City’s Historic Preservation Board unanimously voted to send a message to the Commission that they believe the log cabin “has historic significance and it should be retained and restored.” There has been discussion that the cabin might be moved from its current site to a different location but Board member Nancy Liebman asked her colleagues to include retaining the cabin in its current location in its recommendation and they agreed.
 
The log cabin, built in 1934 as a single-family residence, sits on the block of Collins Avenue that is proposed for the North Beach Yard pop up food concept now making its way through the various City approval processes.
 
Kirk Paskal, a member of the HPB and of the Mayor’s North Beach Master Plan Steering Committee, told the Board the community consensus in creating the Plan was that they wanted the cabin to be preserved and he noted the historic preservation consultant on the plan “focused pretty quickly on the log cabin and its placemaking capabilities.” In the portion of the Master Plan related to the City-owned West Lots, Paskal said, “It’s listed as an ideal opportunity to activate.” He also pointed to North Beach Yard founder Della Heiman’s initial proposal “to use the log cabin as like an art gallery or something to complement this idea.”
 
Regarding the consultant who evaluated the log cabin for the City, Paskal said “[T]o my knowledge [they] did not have log cabin or preservation experience … [they are] primarily a new builder and they made a recommendation it was too costly to preserve so they recommended demolishing it.”
 
City Design and Preservation Manager Debbie Tackett told the Board she had been in contact with the Village Manager at Biscayne Park, which recently restored a log cabin there, to determine the costs and how the Village secured funding for the project. She also reached out to the General Contractor for more information on the restoration process. The cost of restoration was $542,830.63 (yes, she was that precise!). At this point, Tackett said she understood the City to be exploring all of its options.

Photo: Kirk Paskal
 

support grows for nobe log cabin

North Shore


Susan Askew
Susan Askew
now what?

commission votes to restore log cabin

North Shore


Susan Askew
Susan Askew
cabin will be dismantled and stored while funding is sought