Mr. Robert Stanton
Director of the National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
We are writing to express our support for the
reconsideration of placing Stiltsville]e on the National
Register of Historic Places. Located in the Biscayne Bay
area of Miami, Stiltsville is a unique community
consisting of seven homes supported by stilts, about a
mile from the nearest coastline.
Last August. the Florida Department of State strongly
recommended that Stiltsville be entered in the National
Register of Historic Places. This application was denied
at the national level on March 18, 1999, but Stiltsville
supporters were not notified regarding this important
decision until just this month. We understand that they
plan a petition for reconsideration.
Stiltsville has tremendous historic and cultural value
for our area. With its unique and distinctive
architectural facades, it has provided a backdrop for
many books, films, television shows, and art and literary
projects. Stiltsville also has special significance to
local residents and tourists, as an historical place on
the South Florida Historical Association tour, and it
also has ecological value as a haven for sea life
The Dade Heritage Trust, Miami-Dade Countys largest
historic preservation society, has recognized the
colorful origins of this community and its unique
contribution to Miami history by exempting it from its
rules requiring structures to be 50 years for an historic
designation. The Florida Department of State has also
concurred with this recommendation.
We strongly believe that the preservation of the
Stiltsville homes will not only contribute to the
aesthetic beauty of the region but will continue to
provide a source of pride for future generations to come.
We hope that you will assist us in this endeavor to save
this treasure and that you will reconsider your initial
decision and approve its designation into the National
Register of Historic Places.