Preservation: How Sweet It Is!

April 25th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuFbCTmeiIw Cristina Veiga writes about a shift in focus for the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center: Both teams bidding on the project will retain the historic auditorium, now known as The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. The venue, originally known as the Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium and known best for its stint as the home of Jackie Gleason's hit CBS variety show in the 1960s, was slated for demolition in one of the competing redevelopment plans Read More...

Video: Opening Day at Dadeland

April 25th, 2013

We almost headlined this clip "Dadeland Mall as You've Never Seen It Before!" But we thought better of it, as some long-timers out there will definitely remember Dadeland as this clip records it on its opening day, October 1, 1960 -- an open-air shopping plaza, offering sixty-two shops and services, with odd-looking animal sculptures scattered here and there Read More...

Video: Artist’s Day at Vizcaya, 1960

April 25th, 2013

http://youtu.be/P0YCgq9Dnj4 Artist's Day at Vizcaya in 1960 looks like a rather bohemian affair, but then Vizcaya is in Coconut Grove. OK, the far northern edge of Coconut Grove, but still. Artists and wannabe artists sought out The Muse in James Deering's gardens and expressed their inner selves en plein aire Read More...

Video: The Cape Florida Light

April 25th, 2013

http://youtu.be/T_fhxj55dCo Built in 1825, the Cape Florida Light is Miami's oldest standing building and it's seen a lot. Attacked by  Seminoles and Confederate sympathizers, taken out of commission in 1878 only to be returned to service a century later, the lighthouse at Cape Florida has survived beach erosion, Hurricane Andrew and almost two centuries of South Florida land development Read More...

Edit Suite Video: Vincent Price Visits Vizcaya

April 23rd, 2013

Welcome to Learning From Miami's Edit Suite Video, a new feature that takes you into the editing room where LFM's video series is being put together. Edit Suite Video will showcase historic film and video clips, complete and uncut, that have been selected for LFM's video series and may appear, in whole or part, in the Learning From Miami videos now in production Read More...

YouTube Video: Margaritaville Cuts Loose

April 23rd, 2013

On this day in 1982, the people of Key West, political leaders and merchants, tour operators and Mallory Square layabouts, frustrated with a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint at the Monroe County line, decided to secede and brought forth a new nation, the Conch Republic, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are created equally enamored of sandy beaches and mixed drinks with colorful umbrellas in them Read More...

Mapping Miami’s Starchitecture

April 23rd, 2013

LFM isn't only about Miami's architectural past; we like to stay up to speed on what's going up now, and Curbed Miami's Starchitecture Heatmap is a great guide to Greater Miami's latest and greatest. The map pinpoints "great new architecture by famous architects coming to Miami in the near future" and it's a sight to behold Read More...

A Tasty Venetian Causeway Memory

April 19th, 2013

From the Miami Herald's Belle Isle Blog, a glimpse of the raffish backstory of Dade Boulevard and the Venetian Causeway. Most present-day residents of South Beach know Dade Boulevard as the site of a super market and municipal golf course, but back in the middle of the twentieth century the street was known for night life and restaurants Read More...

History Fresh & Local in Coral Gables

April 19th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_105" align="alignleft" width="300"] Merrick House in Coral Gables.[/caption] History indicates that Coral Gables founder George Merrick sold fruit and vegetables from his family's farm before the Merrick's grapefruit grove bore fruit, but George's mother Althea was in charge of the family garden at 907 Coral Way Read More...

Historic Preservation is Uplifting…

April 19th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_44" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Hollywood Women's Club in 2010. Photo: Ebyabe[/caption] ...Notably in Hollywood, where the historic Hollywood Women's Club, built in 1927, is being boosted on jacks so that a new foundation can be laid. The building's original foundation was made of concrete containing beach sand Read More...