Daily Archives: July 27, 2007

Sacred Spaces in Downtown: Central Baptist Church

Yes we have them, and they are grand, each, in their own right. For now, take a look at the Central Baptist Church:

Built in 1926 the circular church is considered noteworthy by the HEPB because:

Central Baptist Church is an excellent example of Neo-Classical design adapted to the Florida climate. Particularly noteworthy is the circular plan, which allows natural ventilation to keep the interior cool during the summer. The church, originally known as First Baptist Church, was organized two days before Miami incorporated in 1896 and houses the oldest Baptist congregation in the city. It remains one of the last active churches to hold regular services in the downtown central business district. Central Baptist Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Interestingly, this is not Miami’s first major church (that still stands). That right is reserved for the Gesu Church, which will be highlighted later.

Image: the pinnacle of the Central Baptist Church

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Reader Submitted View: One Miami

As you can see, the 50 Biscayne crown is not illuminated in the image above.

In this image, it is:

Most of what you see in terms of structures in the images above is attributed to the construction boom.

– Thanks to Alex for sending BoB the view from his sky pad.

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South Florida Sliding Home Prices

  • Fewer homes were sold in June (except Ft. Lauderdale which saw a 1% increase)
  • Condo prices are still holding high in Miami while sales take a nose dive
  • A 2 percent decline in Miami moved median home prices to $378,000 from 371,600. The number of homes sold went down to 469 from 884, a 47 percent decrease.

For the rest of the numbers view the full MSN Money/Bizjournals article 

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