Lummus Park: Lame Even By History Nerd Standards

We are total nerds. We love museums and, what’s more, we actually read all the signage on the exhibits. We love learning new things, whether that’s the geology behind constructing the Overseas Railroad or how Miami Beach could possibly have so many Art Deco buildings. So we had high hopes when visiting Lummus Park in … Read moreLummus Park: Lame Even By History Nerd Standards

A Slice of Cuban American History at the Freedom Tower

It’s one of the iconic buildings of Miami and has an inspiring name — yet we had never visited. We finally corrected this oversight and visited the Freedom Tower, located across from the American Airlines Arena at 600 Biscayne Boulevard (map). Originally built as the headquarters of The Miami Daily News in 1925, it is … Read moreA Slice of Cuban American History at the Freedom Tower

Trying to Make Sense of the Miami Circle

At first glance, the Miami Circle may seem to be one of the least interesting historical landmarks in downtown Miami. It quite literally consists of a series of holes in the ground, and is surrounded by sodded areas that serve as the main dog run for downtown Miami. It’s not readily visible to drivers on … Read moreTrying to Make Sense of the Miami Circle

Who or what is a Brickell?

One of the words that confounds spell checks for all Miami residents is Brickell — the name of Brickell Avenue, the portion of US1 that runs through the core financial district of the city and the namesake of the Brickell neighborhood in Miami. Unlike Julia Tuttle, the Miami founder whose name largely disappeared, William and … Read moreWho or what is a Brickell?

Miami Beach Art Deco District

No Miami blog is complete without plenty of photos of Art Deco architecture, right? Our continuing exploration of Miami history naturally brought us to the Miami Beach Architectural District, a/k/a the Miami Art Deco District. This federally designated historic district includes 960 (!) contributing structures in South Beach, the southern portion of the barrier island … Read moreMiami Beach Art Deco District