Biscayne Boulevard's iconic Vagabond Motel is getting an extensive restoration by developer and historic preservationist Avra Jain. Her team is working overtime to complete the project in time to throw a swanky party during Art Basel Miami Beach in December. Historic design advocates hail the Vagabond as a prime example of 1950s and 1960s MiMo architectural design with characteristics like an open-air plan, jalousie windows and geometric designs.
The dolphin mosaic will be repaired using tiles from another mosaic on property. Developer Avra Jain's goal is to preserve as much as the MiMo style as possible, paying heed to the 1950s design elements.
By Kara Franker
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