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...

Opa-locka Rising

February 9th, 2015

WLRN reports on a city-wide transformation of Opa-Locka, the subject of our 2013 exhibition at HistoryMiami.  We are excited at the progress and are looking forward to more good news as renewal efforts take hold and grow. [caption id="attachment_2599" align="alignnone" width="542"] Opa-locka's first art and recreation center Read More...

All Aboard Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway

April 23rd, 2014

Henry M. Flagler in Key West. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Grab your fishing rod, pack the cooler, and drive on down to the Florida Keys for a blissful day out on the historic old Seven Mile Bridge. While the adjacent bridge is used for automobile transportation, the old bridge is a lasting legacy of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway Read More...

Kiehnel & Elliott: A Brief Survey of the Firm’s Miami Projects

April 9th, 2014

It is no surprise that when looking at Miami Boom-Era architecture the name Kiehnel & Elliott comes to mind. The firm, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had designed several buildings before moving its offices to Miami in 1922. The firm’s buildings became exemplary of the Mediterranean Revival style during the 1920s such as the extravagant El Jardin (now the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart) in Coconut Grove 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...

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...

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...

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...