Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Child of the Sun”

October 30th, 2015

Florida Central College campus. Photo courtesy of the State Archives of Florida. Central Florida is known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World", but did you know that one of America’s most famous architects designed a college campus there? Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida is home to the largest collection of buildings designed by celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright Read More...

Historical Women of the The Coconut Grove Woman’s Club

March 24th, 2015

  Until 1894, the Coconut Grove Schoolhouse was the meeting place for the Coconut Grove Housekeepers Club, the oldest federated women’s club in Florida. Photo courtesy of  the Florida State Archives. On February 19, 1891, the first meeting of the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove (originally known as the Housekeeper’s Club) was called to order Read More...

Piecing Together The Ancient Spanish Monastery

October 8th, 2014

Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida. Time Magazine called it “the biggest jigsaw puzzle in history.” Saint Bernard de Clairvaux church, now known as the Ancient Spanish Monastery, is the oldest building in the western hemisphere. It was originally built in 1133 AD in Sacramenia, near Segovia in northern Spain and Completed eight years later in 1141 Read More...

Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Lady of the Everglades

March 27th, 2014

Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ (1890-1998) name is synonymous with Florida environmental activism. The Minnesota-born, Wellesley College graduate came to Miami in 1915, at age 25, to work as a society columnist for the Miami Herald. Her father, Frank Stoneman, was editor-in-chief at the time Read More...

Modernizing UM: Marion Manley’s Revisioned College Campus

March 13th, 2014

Thirty-second Annual Convention of the Florida Association of Architects, Saint Petersburg, November 1946. Photo Courtesy: HistoryMiami Marion Manley (1893-1984) has been called “Miami’s first woman architect.” Born and raised in Kansas, Manley attended the University of Kansas before transferring to the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1914 Read More...

School House Rock: Overtown’s Booker T. Washington High School

February 20th, 2014

Booker T. Washington School Building, February 15, 1930. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Grab your books, head out the door, and get ready for class at Booker T. Washington Senior High School. The Overtown high school has made recent news with its nationally ranked championship football team Read More...

Light from Darkness: Purvis Young’s Public Art Projects

February 14th, 2014

Purvis Young in his studio. Photo Courtesy: The New York Times Student Journalism Institute Beyond the constant roar of Interstate 95 and the scattered detritus of an era long forgotten, there are the brightly painted wall surfaces done by the late artist Purvis Young. The African-American artist, born in 1943, lived and worked in Overtown until his death in 2010 Read More...

Rooms with a View: Miami Beach’s Roney Plaza Hotel

February 6th, 2014

If Jay Gatsby needed a retreat from the lavishly loud parties on Long Island, no other hotel could accommodate him better than the legendary Roney Plaza Hotel on Miami Beach. The Roney Plaza was located between 23rd and 24th Streets on Collins Avenue. Before the mega hotel industry explosion on Miami Beach, the Roney Plaza was place to be during the winter season each year Read More...

It’s Showtime! The Coconut Grove Playhouse

January 30th, 2014

The show will go on for the Coconut Grove Playhouse located on the cusp of the Grove’s downtown retail district on Main Highway. It was announced early in 2014 that the Miami-Dade County $20 million bond set aside for the Playhouse restoration took effect, opening the doors for Florida International University (FIU) and the county to lease the Playhouse from the State of Florida Read More...

A Taste of Key West: A Brief Survey of Homes

January 23rd, 2014

  Ernest Hemingway House. 907 Whitehead Street Feeling the winter blues in Florida? Head south to Monroe County, cross the Seven Mile Bridge into Key West and take a tour of the famous 19th-century houses. The houses are often referred to as “Conch,” a term that originally meant native Bahamian Read More...