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...

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...

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...

Tower Theater

July 16th, 2013

[nggallery id=43] MDC's Tower Theater is one of Miami's oldest cultural landmarks. When Robdendon Corporation opened this movie theater to the public as a Wometco first-run-house on December 1926, it was considered the finest state-of-the-art theater in the South. It is located on SW Eighth Street and Fifteenth Avenue in what is now known as the "Little Havana" section of Miami Read More...

New Drama for Ocean Drive’s Most Dramatic Landmark

July 10th, 2013

Casa Casuarina wouldn't be a bad title for a telenovela; the Mediterranean Revival mansion on Ocean Drive is certainly photogenic enough to serve as the setting for a soap. And the house's history is dramatic enough to provide plotlines for one or two long-running dramas. The fortune that built the mansion dissolved into bankruptcy almost as the house's gates first swung open Read More...