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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

  • Also Known As: James Deering Estate
  • NRHP Name: Vizcaya (Boundary Increase)

  • Address: 3251 S Miami Ave
  • Vicinity: Roughly bounded by S Dixie Hwy, SW 32nd Rd and S Miami Ave
  • Phone: 305 250 9133
  • Travel Genus: Sight , Visit
  • Sight Category: Site
  • Available for private functions


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1912/00/00 James Deering Deering buys the first 130 acres of Vizcayas 180 acres of bay front land from Mary Brickell to build his winter estate.
1912/00/00 Mary Brickell Seller Deering buys the first 130 acres of Vizcayas 180 acres of bay front land from Mary Brickell to build his winter estate.
1914/01/05 Mary Brickell Seller 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.
1914/01/05 James Deering Owner 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.
1921/00/00 James Deering Construction of the Vizcaya gardens are completed.
1925/09/21 James Deering Died 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.
1925/09/21 Charles Deering Owner 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.
1926/00/00 The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 produces a substantial storm surge (estimates suggest a peak height of 14-15 ft (4.3-4.6 m) in Coconut Grove) causing extensive damage to Vizcaya. Great Miami Hurricane of 1926
1934/00/00 Paul Chalfin is engaged by Deering's heirs to repair the estate with the intention of opening it as a museum.
1935/00/00 Vizcaya opens seasonally as a privately owned museum.
1945/00/00 130 Acres of the Vizcaya property, including the Lagoon Gardens, are conveyed to Mercy Hospital and the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine the latter later sells some of its property to developers who create the residential subdivision of Bay Heights.
1955/00/00 James Deering's heirs convey the Vizcaya Village to Dade County to support the ambience and operation of Vizcaya as a museum.
2004/00/00 Miami-Dade County voters pass the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond, allocating $50 million for the preservation and renovation of Vizcaya as a national treasure and community resource.

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Particulars for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens:
Historic Use Agricultural outbuildings
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Art
Area of Significance Conservation
Area of Significance Education
Museum Type Heritage Museum
Criteria Historic Event
Museum Type Historical Museum
Area of Significance Landscape architecture
Owner Local
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Historic Use Secondary structure
Sight Category Site
Private Event Wedding Venue



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 15th November 1978

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Vizcaya (Boundary Increase)
Registry Address: Roughly bounded by S. Dixie Hwy., SW 32nd Rd., and S. Miami Ave.
Registry Number: 78003193
Resource Type: Site
Owner: Local
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Area in Acres: 14
Contributing Buildings: 10
Certification: Listed in the National Register
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Landscape architecture, Conservation, Art, Education, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Historic Function: Domestic, Agriculture, subsistence
Historic Sub-Function: Agricultural outbuildings, Secondary structure
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Museum Park

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