Proposed Condo Developments Could Transform Little Havana

April 23rd, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIJEjVcZGvI&feature=youtu.be Little Havana was an abandoned commercial district in the 1950s. A decade later this blue collar neighborhood became home to many exiled Cuban immigrants following the 1959 Cuban revolution. Now, this Hispanic community has become a vibrant commercial district and tourist destination Read More...

Walk This Way: Miami’s Baywalk and the Underline

January 26th, 2015

 Concept for the Bayline project. Miami isn't known as the most pedestrian friendly city, but change may be on the horizon, two new urbanization projects--Baywalk and the Underline-- aim to create public walkways throughout the Magic City, forming a new way to see the city and a friendlier place for pedestrians and cyclists Read More...

Extinct, Refurbished, and Classic Malls of South Florida.

December 18th, 2014

The holidays are fast approaching! Tis’ the season to send festive cards, spend time with loved ones, and make mad dashes to shopping malls. So grab your shopping list as we head over to some of the extinct, refurbished, and classic malls of South Florida.   Photo courtesy of the Florida Archives Miracle Mile Miracle Mile was designed by real estate developer George E Read More...

Buena Vista’s History of High End Design.

December 8th, 2014

  Photo courtesy of LG Realty Group. Miami's diversified art scene has swiftly developed into a creative mecca for emerging artists and art connoisseurs. Over a twenty year period, neighborhoods like the Design District and Wynwood have provided working studios and gallery space for established and emerging artists 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...

All Aboard the Rebirth of Flagler’s Railroad

September 5th, 2014

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz8pjfyxjDU&feature=youtu.be "It's Coming Down This Week!" read the newspaper headlines in 1963. The City of Miami decided that the downtown Miami Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) station needed to be demolished. Continuing labor strikes had disrupted passenger service for years Read More...

The Vagabond Motel Reopens

August 26th, 2014

  The Vagabond is arguably one of the most conspicuous buildings along Biscayne Boulevard's MiMo district. After being abandoned for over a decade, the 1950's motel located at 7301 Biscayne Boulevard officially reopened on August 18, 2014. This retro motor lodge is an iconic example of Miami Modernist Architecture,also known as MiMo (a term coined by a Miami Beach resident named Randall C 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...

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...