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...

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...

It’s Showtime! The Coconut Grove Playhouse

January 30th, 2014

The show will go on for the Coconut Grove Playhouse located on the cusp of the Grove’s downtown retail district on Main Highway. It was announced early in 2014 that the Miami-Dade County $20 million bond set aside for the Playhouse restoration took effect, opening the doors for Florida International University (FIU) and the county to lease the Playhouse from the State of Florida 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...