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...

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...

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: MiMotels on Beautiful Biscayne Boulevard

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fU-6mwVI_ss Tourism is the mainstay of South Florida's economy, and that was as true half a century ago as it is now. In 1963, when WTVJ aired this footage of motels and motel rate signs on Biscayne Boulevard, "tourist season" still meant something: Miami was not yet the year-round snowbird destination we know today 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...

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...