Dadeland’s New Wing: Trendy, Airy, Open

July 15th, 2013

http://youtu.be/h43oBeq4GCk The Miami Herald's Business Monday story about Dadeland Mall's new Kendall wing highlights the addition's openness, airiness and retail diversity: Where the space was previously devoted to just two stores the new 102,000 square foot wing hosts twenty-two, including five restaurants Read More...

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...

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...

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...

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...