Miami’s Pioneer Doctor, James M. Jackson

May 19th, 2015

The office of Dr. James M Jackson. Photo courtesy of  the State Archives of Florida.  A single antiquated home sits on 190 S.E. 12th Terrace in the Brickell area of Miami, nestled among towering skyscrapers. This one-story structure was once the medical office and surgical clinic of Dr. James M Read More...

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...

Waking the Sleeping Beauty: An Update on the Hampton House

February 10th, 2015

Photo courtesy of History Miami "It was like something from your imagination, like the Sleeping Beauty movie, when the castle is covered with vines," architect Daphne Gurri Matute said when she first saw the two-story, 30,000-square-foot MiMo-style Hampton House in 2006 (McNamara 2010). Gurri’s architectural firm, Gurri Matute, was chosen by the Historic Hampton House Community Trust (HHHCT), the organization that preservation leader Dr Read More...

The Haunted History of the Biltmore Hotel

October 27th, 2014

  State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is currently celebrated as an opulent resort. It has persevered through storms, organized crime, bankruptcy, abandonment, and is also rumored to be haunted. The Biltmore Hotel was the brainchild of John Bowman of the Bowman-Biltmore Hotels Corporation, and Coral Gables real estate developer, George Merrick Read More...

The Dade County Courthouse: A Beacon of Justice

September 22nd, 2014

  Photo courtesy of the Florida Archives. A beacon of justice, the Dade County Courthouse has had an illustrious past spanning over 80 years. This historical building was the first high-rise built in downtown Miami. It was also Dade County's third courthouse. Standard Oil tycoon Henry Flagler donated the land at 73 West Flagler Street where the second courthouse, built in 1904, once stood 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...

Old Meets New: Florida at the 1939 ‘World of Tomorrow’

May 21st, 2014

Florida Pavilion at 1939 World's Fair New York. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Visitors to the 1939 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York (now the location for the Queens Museum) were amazed by the exhibits highlighting the futuristic 'World of Tomorrow.' At the entrance stood the iconic 700-foot Trylon obelisk and the 18-story Perisphere Read More...