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...

“Opa-locka: Mirage City” Opening Night

June 28th, 2013

[nggallery id=8] It’s up and open! “Opa-locka: Mirage City,” an exploration of one of South Florida’s most architecturally unusual places, opened on June 27. Learning From Miami was there – here’s what we saw. “Opa-locka: Mirage City” is curated by Jose R. Vazquez, Associate Professor of Architecture at Miami Dade College, and presented in conjunction with the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami Libraries, Special Collections Read More...

Renovation and Revitalization in Opa-Locka

June 3rd, 2013

http://youtu.be/u20CgawMBeQ Paradise Afshar reports on new momentum for historic preservation in Opa-Locka, focused on the city's centerpiece, City Hall. Afshar notes that the City Hall, designed by architect Bernhardt E. Muller, is currently unoccupied. Her story also details future possibilities for the historic structure 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...