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Where It All Began: Heritage Tourism Visitors Center in the Middle of Metropolis

Dade Heritage Trust, in the heart of Brickell, is Miami’s largest historic preservation organization, with a mission to preserve Miami-Dade County’s architectural, cultural and environmental heritage. Housed in a one-story, wood frame building that was the original 1905 office of Dr. James Jackson, the organization, under the leadership of new Executive Director Christine Rupp, is anxious to build relationships with the residents, visitors and businesses of Brickell.



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Miami Bike Tours: Bike to the Barnacle!

Meet at Dade Heritage Trust on Sunday, September 11 at 9:45 a.m. to take off at 10:00 a.m. to Bike to the Barnacle in Coconut Grove! This Florida State Park venue features the bayfront historic home of Commodore Ralph Munroe. You’ll be treated to a private tour from Park staff to see the home and grounds of one of Miami’s early pioneers.

The monthly bike tours are co-presented by Green Mobility Network and Brickell Bikes and are safe, fun and informative. Kids must be ov…

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Dade Heritage Trust presents Stiltsville exhibit

Dade Heritage Trust invites you to Stiltsville: Life on the Flats, a new exhibit featuring photography, artwork, personal stories and artifacts about Miami’s iconic watery neighborhood.

Curated by Miamian Donna Shelley and designed by the Little Gables Group, the exhibit provides personal glimpses into the past present and future of these seven structures and the many structures that were once a part of Stiltsville.

Once privately owned and now a part of Biscayne Nati…

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The Great Miami Hammock

From HistoryMiami
Brickell Hammock, 1896. J. N Chamberlain, photographer. HistoryMiami, 1962-024-64.

Before Brickell, there was the forest. The Miami Hammock, or Brickell Hammock, as it was also called, stretched south from the Miami River to north Coconut Grove and inland about half a mile. It was one of the largest and most biologically diverse coastal hardwood hammocks in South Florida.

Miami to…

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Property manager spotlight on Michael Harned, the best of Brickell

Michael A. Harned is the quintessential community association manager (aka property manager). He’s an example of what most aspire to be: calm, cool and professional, not to mention impeccably dressed. He is the perfect match for one of Brickell Avenue’s most luxurious properties, the Santa Maria. This complex, constructed on historic property with some of the original buildings restored, artfully combines old and new, classic and contemporary. Meet the gentleman who overs…

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Spring 2012 – Miami Marine Stadium to be reborn

By Don Worth

Once destined for the wrecking ball, the legendary Miami Marine Stadium is now on a path to restoration. Visitors and residents alike might have access to what may be the greatest outdoor entertainment venue in the U.S. In March 2012, the Miami City Commission approved legislation creating a partnership with Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, a not-for-profit organization, to develop a plan to restore and operate the Marine Stadium. Under the terms of the Agreem…

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Southeast 25th Road re-named Tory Jacobs Boulevard

The City of Miami bestowed one of its highest honors on T. Sinclair (Tory) Jacobs with the renaming of SE 25th Road to “Tory Jacobs Boulevard.”  For 19 years Tory Jacobs has been advocating and serving the Brickell area as volunteer president of Brickell Homeowners Association and as a board member of Brickell Area Association, tackling quality of life and related concerns for the Brickell residential and business communities.

All five of the City of Miami Commissione…

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BHA Founder Tory Jacobs, 1923-2011

By Natalie Brown, BHA Communications Director, Profile from BHA News, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Winter 2009

T. Sinclair Jacobs, known to all as “Tory” and to many as “Mr. Brickell,” has handed over the presidential reigns of BHA after 19 years of serving in the organization’s top office.

“It took me 19 years to find a replacement,” Mr. Jacobs joked at the BHA’s Annual Meeting in February. “But after working with Claudia Bruce in her role as vice president for several years, I kn…

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Cornerstones of Faith: St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church, a Haven of Faith

Nestled in the midst of towering giants of steel and glass in downtown Miami sits St. Jude’s Melkite Catholic Church. Located on the corner of Brickell Avenue and SE 15th Road, this architectural jewel is the only Miami church built of Indiana Bedford stone, the same stone that adorns the exteriors of the Empire State Building and The Pentagon, and makes up much of Chicago.
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This striking landmark, first constructed in 1946, was originally the Academy of the As…

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Cornerstones of Faith: Beth David Congregation—Miami’s Pioneer Synagogue

Along canopy-lined Coral Way sits a striking architectural treasure featuring a large dome and six supporting columns. It’s the synagogue built in 1949 for the Beth David Congregation, Miami’s pioneer synagogue originally founded in 1912 and representing an important part of our neighborhood’s cultural and historical roots.

What’s behind the remarkable edifice is equally as impressive. Contained within are the 1,000 seat Falk sanctuary, a bimah (platform for Torah …

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