Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1859/11/12 James Deering is born in 1859 in South Paris, Maine, the son of William Deering and his second wife, Clara Hammond Deering. Born
1880/00/00 James Deering joins his father, William and half-brother, Charles, in Evanston Illinois to establish the Deering Harvester Company. Work
1900/05/00 James Deering presents Deering Harvester Company products at the Paris Exposition of 1900 and is inducted into the French Legion of Honor. 1900 Exposition Universelle
1902/00/00 JP Morgan orchestrates the merger of Deering Harvester Company with McCormick Reaper Company and others to form the International Harvester Company. James Deering becomes Vice President of the new firm. Work
1910/00/00 Deering is introduced to Paul Chalfin, Vizcaya's artistic director, by interior decorator Elsie de Wolfe. Deering and Chalfin begin plans to create a residence in Florida. They make their first visit to Italy to buy antiquities and tour villas for inspira Vizcaya Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
1912/00/00 Deering buys the first 130 acres of Vizcayas 180 acres of bay front land from Mary Brickell to build his winter estate. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Miami
1914/00/00 During a visit to Villa la Pietra in Florence, James Deering and Chalfin meet Colombian landscape architect Diego Suarez. Visitor Villa La Pietra Florence
1914/01/05 Mary sells 180 acres at the south end of Millionaires Row on Brickell Ave to James Deering. Deering built a 34-room Italian Renaissance mansion with Italian gardens and fountains on the grounds. Owner Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Miami
1916/00/00 Vizcaya is built between as the winter residence of James Deering. The estate was entirely surrounded by subtropical forest - the Main House and the formal gardens appeared as a dreamlike vision in the midst of the jungle on Biscayne Bay. Home Vizcaya Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
1916/12/25 On December 25th, James Deering hosts a party to celebrate the completion of Vizcaya's Main House his guests dress as Italian peasants. Host Vizcaya Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
1917/00/00 John Singer Sargent visits Vizcaya and creates watercolors of the estate. Host Vizcaya Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
1921/00/00 Construction of the Vizcaya gardens are completed. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Miami
1925/09/21 James Deering dies on September 18 aboard the SS City of Paris ocean liner returning from France. Ownership of Vizcaya is passed to Deering's brother Charles, who dies in 1927. Died Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Miami
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