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...

Hampton House: Hip, Historic and Coming Back

May 23rd, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQMZGL7Rms Dr. Martin Luther King stayed at Hampton House. He held press conferences there (the Wolfson Archives has film of them). He swam in the pool. On the night in 1964 when Muhammad Ali won the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston, Ali, Malcolm X and NFL running back Jim Brown all stayed at the Hampton House Read More...

One Herald Plaza’s Long Goodbye

May 23rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_556" align="alignleft" width="300"] The sun sets on One Herald Plaza. Photo: barefootmailman.org .[/caption] The big building on Biscayne Bay housed a newspaper, an important one, and journalists worked there, so it's not surprising that the Herald's withdrawal from its downtown headquarters is better documented than most corporate relocations Read More...

Miami: A Palimpsest with Palms

May 23rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_547" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Miami Arena falls to the wrecker's ball in 2008. Photo: Piusg/Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Pal·imp·sest: 1. A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible; 2 Read More...

The Essential Question

May 15th, 2013

http://youtu.be/lkoGQJww9VA In this video five South Florida scholars explore Learning From Miami's essential question: "What Is Architecture?" The depth and variety of their responses suggests the fascinating twists and turns that lie ahead as Learning From Miami pursues its inquiry into Miami's architectural history Read More...

The Miami Herald Building’s Alpha & Omega

May 9th, 2013

http://youtu.be/Nea6eIqIhRI Curbed Miami got an insider's tour of the recently-vacated, soon-to-be-demolished Miami Herald Building and recorded the visit with a memorable photo gallery/memento mori. Sean McCaughan has photographed the Herald Building at, or very near, its end; WTVJ's news photogs were on the scene at its very beginning 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...

Video: Capturing a Contemporary Landmark

April 26th, 2013

Whether it’s hosting a wedding party, knee-deep in supermodels, or festooned with bright red sports cars, no building gets the attention that 1111 Lincoln Road gets. That’s hardly surprising – just walk past the place and you’ll understand. But for all the day-to-day chatter we can’t think of a more evocative distillation of what 1111 is about than Elizabeth Priore’s eleven eleven, which just about captures the place in about three and a half minutes Read More...