Video: A Pair of MiMo Monuments, 1964

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/sssuF02pAuI In this WTVJ special report, broadcast in 1964, reporter Gordon Stevens observes that "the South Florida building trend has been straight up." Stevens reports in detail on two new buildings that exemplify Miami's mid-1960s style: the Bacardi Building, on Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast 20th Street, and the Pan American Airways Building on the north perimeter of Miami International Airport Read More...

Video: Merrick House: A Problem in Preservation

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/NyUmaTQm7Zc They didn't call W. L. Philbrick "the fighting funeral director" for nothing. Philbrick wasn't shy about letting people know what he thought and putting his thoughts into action. He complained about Miami-Dade County's government and tried to get the documentary film Woodstock banned from Coral Gables Read More...

Video: MiMotels on Beautiful Biscayne Boulevard

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fU-6mwVI_ss Tourism is the mainstay of South Florida's economy, and that was as true half a century ago as it is now. In 1963, when WTVJ aired this footage of motels and motel rate signs on Biscayne Boulevard, "tourist season" still meant something: Miami was not yet the year-round snowbird destination we know today Read More...

Video: South Beach’s Plymouth Hotel

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/EA-ocWE-0zQ It's a can't-miss Collins Park landmark: The striking geometry of the Plymouth Hotel marks the building, designed by Anton Skislewicz and completed in 1940, as an Art Deco classic. Other Skislewicz designs on South Beach include the distinctive Kenmore Hotel on Washington Avenue and the iconic Breakwater Hotel on Ocean Drive Read More...

Video: Opa-locka City Hall

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/9W438LnTKvM After a dizzying couple of decades as bicyclist, motorcyclist and aviation pioneer, Glenn Curtiss cashed out his stock in the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company and "retired" to Florida, where he started 18 corporations, served on a variety of local commissions, and donated land and water rights; of more immediate interest to LFM, Cutiss co-developed the city of Hialeah with James Bright, a cattleman from Missouri, and all but created the cities of Opa-locka and Miami Springs Read More...

Video: Opening Day at Miami Dade College’s South Campus

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/dB49ISXAnGs Miami Dade College's South Campus, located at Southwest 112th Avenue and 104th Street, was designed to serve 10,000 students. Its location -- fairly remote and undeveloped in the mid-1960s -- was chosen to accommodate future population growth and highway construction, to grow with the surrounding area Read More...

Video: Of Rubble and Remembrance

April 26th, 2013

http://youtu.be/YlYthnKvOzg Seville's exuberant Giralda -- the bell tower of the city's cathedral, built atop a minaret in the sixteenth century -- has inspired many more recent structures. But beginning in the mid-1920s only Miami could boast three buildings with soaring Giralda-style towers: The Roney Plaza Hotel on Miami Beach, the Miami News Building (now known as Freedom Tower), and the Coral Gables Biltmore Read More...

Video: Readying A Rooftop Rendezvous

April 26th, 2013

Learning From Miami's survey of Miami's architectural history reveals several architectural styles that may be familiar, such as Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco and MiMo, also known as Miami Modern -- our region's tropically-spiced variety of the International Style. Looking through the historical record, we sometimes come across peculiar stylistic juxtapositions, as one style overtakes another in popularity Read More...

YouTube Video: Adios, April

April 26th, 2013

Wolfson Archive’s YouTube videos wrap up the month of April with a glimpse of American prima ballerina Maria Tallchief and an earful of 1970s Miami jazz. http://youtu.be/i1wnq63YkUI Maria Tallchief, born Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief in Fairfax, Oklahoma, danced for Agnes de Mille and George Balanchine in the 1940s, becoming known as the first American prima ballerina – and as the first Native American to be so recognized Read More...

Video: Capturing a Contemporary Landmark

April 26th, 2013

Whether it’s hosting a wedding party, knee-deep in supermodels, or festooned with bright red sports cars, no building gets the attention that 1111 Lincoln Road gets. That’s hardly surprising – just walk past the place and you’ll understand. But for all the day-to-day chatter we can’t think of a more evocative distillation of what 1111 is about than Elizabeth Priore’s eleven eleven, which just about captures the place in about three and a half minutes Read More...