Ca’ d’Zan

October 21st, 2020

1965, Aerial view looking east over the Ringling Art Museum in Sarasota, Florida. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. On this edition of Learning from Miami, we visit Sarasota, Florida and explore Ca’ d’Zan, the palatial former home of American circus mogul and art collector John Ringling Read More...

Soaring with Dinner Key Seaplanes

August 17th, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16TdPrAXFDE&feature=youtu.be The sky’s the limit in this edition of Learning from Miami, as we embark on an aviation adventure to Dinner Key. Dinner Key is a human-made parcel of land located in Coconut Grove created in 1917 by the United States Navy Read More...

Life’s a Beach at Haulover Park

July 15th, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpLXRusV8PU&feature=youtu.be Summer is here, so let’s hit the beach. Learning from Miami invites you to kick off your shoes and enjoy a historical beach day at Haulover Park. Baker’s Haulover Cut was named after a local sponge fisherman in the late 1800’s named Philip Edward Baker Read More...

Matheson Hammock, Dade County’s First Public Park

July 1st, 2020

Parks provide relaxation and enjoyment of nature. They are a place for organized sports, play, for civic ceremonies and cultural events, and for education. On this edition of Learning from Miami, we invite you outdoors to explore the origins of Dade County’s first public park. American industrialist William J Read More...

Virginia Key, Miami’s First Black Beach.

June 15th, 2020

The civil rights movement in Miami echoes with both conflict and victory. In Miami, social clashes between races triggered civil unrest and racial tension. Learning from Miami invites you to uncover the history of Virginia Key, the first black beach in Miami. During the real estate boom in the 1920s, many people moved to the city of Miami Read More...

Cruising to the Drive-In

June 2nd, 2020

https://youtu.be/L3KfMGKNaN0   A nostalgic way to watch movies has been making a comeback in recent months. Drive-in movie theaters are popping up across the nation. Learning from Miami invites you to cruise down memory lane while we take a trip through the history of the drive-in movie. Auto-parts sales manager and cinephile Richard Hollingshead created the drive-in theater in the early 1930s by using his own driveway in Camden, New Jersey, to test out his new cinematic concept Read More...

The Architecture of Healthcare: Variety Children’s Hospital

May 15th, 2020

On this edition of Learning from Miami, we continue our tour of South Florida hospitals and visit the Variety Children's Hospital. On October 10, 1927, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 11 men involved in the entertainment industry created a social group they named the “Variety Club.” On Christmas Eve in 1928, an abandoned baby girl was found in the Sheridan Square Theater where the Variety Club was meeting Read More...

The Architecture of Healthcare: St. Francis Hospital

May 1st, 2020

    St. Francis Hospital on the shore of Allison Island, Miami Beach, Florida Date: 1930–1945.  From Digital Commonwealth – Massachusetts Collections Online. The next stop in our continuing series on South Florida hospitals is St. Francis Hospital in Miami Beach. Originally named Allison Hospital, St Read More...

The Architecture of Healthcare: Mercy Hospital

April 15th, 2020

  [caption id="attachment_3913" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Mercy Hospital on the shore of Biscayne Bay, Miami, FloridaDate: 1930–1945.  From Digital Commonwealth - Massachusetts Collections Online.[/caption] Of all the styles of architecture out there, healthcare architecture has a very specific purpose: to take care of people Read More...

Addison Mizner, Palm Beach’s Resident Architect

February 11th, 2020

  Portrait of Addison Mizner. Photo Courtesy of floridamemory.com Addison Mizner is one of the most influential figures of southern Florida's early-20th-century architectural boom. His whimsical Mediterranean style buildings launched an architectural movement and inspired architects throughout North America Read More...