Miami Marine Stadium Now in Friend’s Hands

July 12th, 2013

http://youtu.be/eoBLbzAqmu4 Yesterday the Miami City Commission voted to give Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium control of the entire Stadium site, parking lots included, so that the non-profit organization can work up a plan to renovate, expand and re-open the grafitti-covered MiMo landmark. Pop idol Gloria Estefan helped convince commissioners, speaking by way of a prerecorded video Read More...

Big Plans for a Monolith of MiMo

July 11th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fpwjN3y2ptU Everybody in Miami -- and probably most people in South Florida -- know the office tower at 7880 Biscayne Boulevard as "the INS Building," and for good reason. Since the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service moved in in April 1983, the building has been a flash point of protest, intrigue and controversy, as the many strands of Miami's immigrant communities tense and relax Read More...

One Herald Plaza Memory Bank: Linotype, Cliches and Stereotypes

June 25th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAKE8VzvJZk The Wolfson Archives' movie tour of One Herald Plaza when it was new continues, getting into the nitty-gritty technical details of publishing a newspaper fifty years ago. The new clip in the Archives' playlist, "One Herald Plaza Memory Bank," takes viewers on a whirlwind trip through the lost world of metal type and engraved plates, beginning in the Herald's composing room and photo studio Read More...

One Herald Plaza Memory Bank Adds More Memory

June 19th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fAB3WAwGdMI The Wolfson Archives' look at One Herald Plaza when it was new continues with another clip in its YouTube playlist, One Herald Plaza Memory Bank. The new clip, from a film produced by Miami filmmaker Fred Frink, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Women’s Department and the process of preparing news stories for publication Read More...

Dadeland: Fifty-something…And Fabulous!

June 18th, 2013

OK, our headline is a tad overheated, but Curbed Miami's photo gallery of Dadeland's new wing looks plenty sleek and sexy (as shopping malls go). Michael Wayne Cole's photos include one with a glimpse of the mall's original identifying pylon, now painted a suitably tropical blue. http://youtu.be/MblMqMEXXsU If you're into "Then and Now" take a look at this clip of Dadeland's opening day in 1960 Read More...

One Herald Plaza Memory Bank

June 11th, 2013

http://youtu.be/pPCYcgzBt8c The Miami Herald Building’s end times present a good opportunity to look back on the history of the building, and the Wolfson Archives' YouTube channel has started a new playlist, "One Herald Plaza Memory Bank," featuring clips that document One Herald Plaza's past. Among them: Excerpts from a film produced about 1963 by Miami filmmaker Fred Frink Read More...

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...