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...