Celebrate the Restoration of the Historic 28 Street Obelisk

(Miami Beach, FL) Sep 19, 2019 -

WHO/WHAT:   Join the City of Miami Beach for a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling the completed restoration of the historic 28 Street obelisk on Wednesday, September 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Formerly a wastewater pump station for the city, this piece of public works infrastructure was decommissioned in 1976 and replaced with a new pump station just northeast of the original facility on the same site. In November 2016, the city was awarded a matching grant from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources to restore the historic obelisk under the tutelage of Historic Preservation Architect William B. Medellin.

While some equipment was beyond salvage, the historic pump room was restored to resemble its original state, including the original switchgear cabinets by General Electric, refinished in ashy gray. The project consisted of excavation of the buried exterior steps, interior structural repairs, wood window and door restorations, exhaustive concrete and stucco repairs and restoration of the original 60’ diameter plaza around the obelisk’s octagonal base building, following the original design form. Notable ornamental features include three artfully restored trefoil fountains on the east, west and south sides of the base building as well as new ornamental railings with a faithfully replicated wood cap.

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 25 at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:  300 West 28 Street