Gilded Age Glamour at Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon

July 3rd, 2014

Time to board the Florida East Coast Railway train and head up north to St. Augustine for this week's summer historic road trip. St. Augustine is a city that boasts a diverse, multicultural history dating back to Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León's 1513 arrival. Standard Oil tycoon Henry Flagler envisioned an "American Riviera" getaway for visitors escaping the harsh Northern winters Read More...

Take a Dive into Miami Beach’s Roman Pools

June 20th, 2014

Roman Pools Bathing Casino, 1926. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory The next stop on the historic Florida summer getaway tour is Miami Beach. Before the days of luxury oceanfront hotels and pastel-painted Art Deco buildings, people flocked to the famous Miami Beach Bathing Pavilion and Swimming Pool 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...

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...

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...

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...