Gateway to Paradise: Bingham-Bolton-Blossom Estate in Palm Beach

January 16th, 2014

Escape the noisy metropolitan city life one weekend and imagine it’s the Jazz Age again: book a room at The Breakers Hotel and spend a sunny afternoon visiting the site of the original Bingham-Bolton-Blossom 160-acre subtropical estate on the island of Palm Beach. The picturesque property included Figulus, built in 1893 as the winter home of Charles W Read More...

Boom Era Icon: Downtown Miami’s Sears Tower

January 9th, 2014

Sears building, June 17, 1982. Photo Courtesy: Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami Performing its own arabesque on 13th and Biscayne Boulevard is the iconic Sears Tower that stands at the heart of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.  Shopping mall aerial Read More...

Hot Couture: Downtown Miami’s Burdines Building

December 19th, 2013

Flagler Street at night. Postmarked July 20,1956. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Famous for being the source for year-round “Sunshine Fashions,” Burdines department store was founded in 1896 in Bartow, Florida by William Burdine and partner Henry Payne Read More...

Fins, Futurism, & Fun: Miami Seaquarium

December 12th, 2013

While the rest of the country bundles up this winter, South Florida visitors and locals can spend a simmering day at the Miami Seaquarium. Approaching its 60th anniversary, the Seaquarium opened its doors on September 24th, 1955. The $2 million project, which took 14 months of construction to create the 38-acre marine-life attraction, was the dream of wealthy Ohio industrialist Fred D Read More...

Dadeland’s New Wing: Trendy, Airy, Open

July 15th, 2013

http://youtu.be/h43oBeq4GCk The Miami Herald's Business Monday story about Dadeland Mall's new Kendall wing highlights the addition's openness, airiness and retail diversity: Where the space was previously devoted to just two stores the new 102,000 square foot wing hosts twenty-two, including five restaurants Read More...

Miami Marine Stadium Now in Friend’s Hands

July 12th, 2013

http://youtu.be/eoBLbzAqmu4 Yesterday the Miami City Commission voted to give Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium control of the entire Stadium site, parking lots included, so that the non-profit organization can work up a plan to renovate, expand and re-open the grafitti-covered MiMo landmark. Pop idol Gloria Estefan helped convince commissioners, speaking by way of a prerecorded video Read More...

Big Plans for a Monolith of MiMo

July 11th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fpwjN3y2ptU Everybody in Miami -- and probably most people in South Florida -- know the office tower at 7880 Biscayne Boulevard as "the INS Building," and for good reason. Since the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service moved in in April 1983, the building has been a flash point of protest, intrigue and controversy, as the many strands of Miami's immigrant communities tense and relax Read More...

For Future Development, Opa-locka Looks to the Arts

July 8th, 2013

http://youtu.be/8L-_u-XV3Ts Long-time Miamians will spot Fernando Peinado's Miami Herald article on Opa-locka's artistic aspirations as the latest in a long line of Herald stories in which an economically troubled community seeks economic salvation through art. Years ago, when Herald scribes wrote about the exciting potential of a rundown oceanfront neighborhood called South Beach, they were, like the legendary prophet Cassandra, heard but not heeded Read More...

Beach Planning Commission: Gleason Can Go

June 26th, 2013

http://youtu.be/l7PoRhZTCbU In the Miami Herald Christina Veiga reports that Miami Beach's Planning Board is OK with demolishing the historic Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater as part of the redevelopment of the city's 52-acre convention center district. Veiga's story also includes detailed accounts of the two development plans and the Planning Board's responses to them Read More...

One Herald Plaza Memory Bank: Linotype, Cliches and Stereotypes

June 25th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAKE8VzvJZk The Wolfson Archives' movie tour of One Herald Plaza when it was new continues, getting into the nitty-gritty technical details of publishing a newspaper fifty years ago. The new clip in the Archives' playlist, "One Herald Plaza Memory Bank," takes viewers on a whirlwind trip through the lost world of metal type and engraved plates, beginning in the Herald's composing room and photo studio Read More...