Learning from Miami: Exotic Place

July 10th, 2013

  // “EXOTIC PLACE,” SEGMENT ONE OF “LEARNING FROM MIAMI,” A COLLABORATION BETWEEN WLRN-TV, MIAMI DADE COLLEGE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, AND THE LYNN AND LOUIS WOLFSON II FLORIDA MOVING IMAGE ARCHIVES. WC20089

New Drama for Ocean Drive’s Most Dramatic Landmark

July 10th, 2013

Casa Casuarina wouldn't be a bad title for a telenovela; the Mediterranean Revival mansion on Ocean Drive is certainly photogenic enough to serve as the setting for a soap. And the house's history is dramatic enough to provide plotlines for one or two long-running dramas. The fortune that built the mansion dissolved into bankruptcy almost as the house's gates first swung open Read More...

For Future Development, Opa-locka Looks to the Arts

July 8th, 2013

http://youtu.be/8L-_u-XV3Ts Long-time Miamians will spot Fernando Peinado's Miami Herald article on Opa-locka's artistic aspirations as the latest in a long line of Herald stories in which an economically troubled community seeks economic salvation through art. Years ago, when Herald scribes wrote about the exciting potential of a rundown oceanfront neighborhood called South Beach, they were, like the legendary prophet Cassandra, heard but not heeded Read More...

Miami Marine Stadium As It Stands

July 6th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_339" align="alignright" width="300"] Miami Marine Stadium. Photo by Sean McGaughan, courtesy Curbed Miami[/caption] One thing Miami Marine Stadium doesn't need: A coat of paint! This week the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium organized a tour of the MiMo monument, led by the Stadium's architect, Hilario Candela Read More...

Listen: José Vazquez on “Opa-locka: Mirage City”

July 5th, 2013

José Vazquez, curator of "Opa-locka: Mirage City," now on view at HistoryMiami, talks about the exhibition with Marva Hinton of WLRN Radio. His interview, which touches on the development of Opa-locka and Vazquez' almost accidental discovery of the city, also includes photos and additional details Read More...

Nola Apartments

July 4th, 2013

[nggallery id=42] Nola Apartments is a two story wood frame structure with gable-end roofs and a valid example of Florida Vernacular architecture from the beginning of the 20th century.

Essex House Hotel

July 4th, 2013

[nggallery id=40] Essex House Hotel was designed by Henry Hohauser and built in 1938. It features Art Deco style architecture with key features such as porthole windows, eyebrows on windows and neon lighting.

Sherbrooke Hotel

July 4th, 2013

[nggallery id=39] Sherbrooke Hotel is an Art Deco structure with a wraparound façade with eyebrows on windows and neon lighting.

Espanola Way

July 4th, 2013

[nggallery id=38] Espanola Way is a journey into the Mediterranean Revival style of architecture. The street was built by Francis F. Whitman in 1922 as "Whitman's Spanish Colony” and now has an atmosphere that creates a pedestrian bohemian retail experience.

Delano Hotel

July 4th, 2013

[nggallery id=37] Designed by famed architect Robert Swartburg, the Delano was built in 1947 by Rob and Rose Schwartz. The then four-winged art-deco tower of the Delano was the tallest building in Miami, dwarfing the Miami News & Metropolis (Freedom Tower) built in 1925 in downtown Miami and rising majestically above the sand and surf of Miami Beach Read More...