the City Commission declared it a blighted
area and created the Community Redevelopment
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Mulligan’s Beach House restaurant is one of the newest businesses to arrive in downtown Stuart.
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in the last century.
Agency to spearhead its revitalization.
Community leaders were determined
to reverse the exodus from downtown by
building the new courthouse in the same
place as the old one and establishing Stuart
Main Street in 1987.
With the sponsorship of the Economic
Council, renowned Miami architects Andres
Duany and his wife, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk,
were persuaded to tackle the project.
They prepared an ambitious blueprint for
redevelopment that incorporated many of
the things community leaders were already
envisioning. The new courthouse opened
in early 1989, but with Duany’s encouragement,
local architects saved the Art Deco
section of the old courthouse. It became the
Court House Cultural Center.
Duany proclaimed what locals knew:
That the restoration and use of the Lyric
Theatre was crucial to the creation of a
vibrant downtown. Joan Jefferson, a city
commissioner, with her architect husband
Peter Jefferson and good friends Dr. David
and Ann MacMillan, led the effort to
restore vitality to downtown Stuart. They
purchased the rundown Post Office Arcade
and established Peter’s architectural office
in one of the Osceola Street storefronts.