Endangered Historic Sites


Coconut Grove Playhouse
Coconut, Florida (Miami Dade County)
Opened in 1927

Kiehnel and Elliott Architects designed the Playhouse in a flamboyant Mediterranean style with Spanish Baroque flourishes. The Playhouse was originally called the State Player’s Theater. Oilman George Engle purchased the building in the 1950s and had renowned Florida architect Alfred Browning Parker convert the Playhouse to a legitimate theater. The State of Florida purchased the building in 1980 and later transferred it to the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Inc. which closed in 2006. The Playhouse has been owned by Miami-Dade County since 2014.

Threat: The building is an advanced state of deterioration due to neglect. Miami-Dade County plans to retain the façade of the Playhouse, but demolish and replace the historic theater with a new one. This is the tenth endangered listing for the Coconut Grove Playhouse.