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...

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...

Mar-a-Lago: “Jewel of Palm Beach”

July 23rd, 2014

From St. Augustine down to Palm Beach, the historic summer getaway tour makes a quick rest stop at a one-of-a-kind lavish estate fit for a queen. The 20-acre property was originally the winter home of Majorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal empire and prosperous businesswoman. These days, Mar-a-Lago is an exclusive private club at the heart of Palm Beach County, between Lake Worth and the Atlantic Ocean Read More...

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...

Breeze into Summer at The Barnacle in Coconut Grove

June 5th, 2014

The scorching summer heat is fast approaching South Florida. What better way to cool off than sitting on a rocking chair overlooking Biscayne Bay? The open-air verandas at The Barnacle provide comfortable cooling shade while visitors take in the ocean breeze on the hottest of days. Ralph Middleton Munroe Read More...

The Tropics Come to Chicago’s 1933 World’s Fair

May 7th, 2014

People got a taste of Florida's subtropical architecture miles away from the sunny beaches at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago with Robert Law Weed's Florida Tropical House. Officially known as A Century of Progress International Exposition, the 1933 World's Fair theme explored the impact of scientific discoveries on society 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...

Modernizing UM: Marion Manley’s Revisioned College Campus

March 13th, 2014

Thirty-second Annual Convention of the Florida Association of Architects, Saint Petersburg, November 1946. Photo Courtesy: HistoryMiami Marion Manley (1893-1984) has been called “Miami’s first woman architect.” Born and raised in Kansas, Manley attended the University of Kansas before transferring to the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1914 Read More...

Miami’s Overtown: A Celebrated Past

March 5th, 2014

Former homes at Goodbread and 17th and 18th Streets. Photo Courtesy: HistoryMiami Miami’s Overtown neighborhood survives as a significant reminder of early Black settlement in South Florida. When the City of Miami was incorporated in 1896 the Black settlers and immigrants, from Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, and other countries, were segregated in a Black’s-only community 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...