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People who live in Coconut Grove's vintage houses describe them as magical, historical pockets of Old Florida. One 1920s stucco house in desperate need of some TLC appealed to Barbara Pope.
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Stitsville, a neighborhood on the water with a colorful past
For generations, Miami's Stiltsville neighborhood has been the subject of endless fascination, and occasional controversy. Remaining Stiltsvillians vow to keep the unique neighborhood standing. The seven surviving stilt homes are built on wooden and concrete pylons two miles offshore in what is now Biscayne National Park. But Stiltsville was once a remote getaway for politicians, judges and other Miami bigwigs to gamble and drink illegally during Prohibition.
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The Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach
The Fontainebleau Hotel, opened with an inaugural ball in 1954, was an icon of the glittery sophistication that defined high-fashion chic in the mid-1950s. Owner Ben Novack and architect Morris Lapidus saw to it that the Miami Beach resort hotel set a standard for hotels across the country. Frank Sinatra played the Fontainebleau's La Ronde nightclub and made movies at the hotel (three of them between 1959 and '68). Elvis Presley, fresh from the Army, rode in on a train in 1960 to tape a television special with Sinatra at the Fontainebleau.
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"Wall of Shame" along Northwest 12th Avenue separated races
A "Segregation Wall" ran on the west side of Northwest 12th Avenue from just north of 62nd Street to about 70th Street in Liberty City. It is believed the wall was erected around 1939 by the city of Miami to separate the races. Several decades ago it was removed but portions of its foundation remain.
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The Paramount Theatre reopens
A $100,000 renovation brought the Paramount Theatre back to life.
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Views of downtown Miami and Brickell Key
Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald photographers view a changing skyline.
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Bobby Maduro Stadium, Miami's first home of the Marlins
On August 31, 1949, the Miami Sun Sox and Havana Cubans - two teams in the Class B Florida International League - inaugurated Miami Stadium, a 9,000-seat ballpark at the corner of NW 23rd Street and 10th Avenue. Built by former Cuban Minister of Education Jose Aleman, the stadium was a half-million dollar monument to Miami's big-league dreams. But attendance figures fell year-after-year. By 1954, the stadium sat vacant. In 1956 it got a second chance when the Triple-A Marlins moved in. In 1961, the team relocated to San Juan. For the next 30 years the city played host to a succession of Class A teams with names like the Marlins, Orioles, and Miracle. The Baltimore Orioles made Miami Stadium their pre-season home. The stadium was pressed into service as barracks during riots and refugee camp during waves of immigration. But by 1990, the facility had deteriorated to the point of no return. After sitting empty more than decade, the ballpark (renamed Bobby Maduro Stadium in 1987) succumbed, in 2001, to the wrecking ball.
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407 Lincoln Road was site of Miami Beach Federal Savings
The Miami Beach Federal Savings and Loan Association was founded by Baron de Hirsch Meyer and Leonard Abess. Abess went on to become a prominent banker and philanthropist while Meyer was a well-known figure in Miami Beach politics, serving on the city council from 1930 until World War II. The Savings and Loan's building at 407 Lincoln Rd., built in 1957, was the tallest on Lincoln Road but is most noticeable because of the large digital clock sitting square on top of it. Herald writer Gary Turner wrote of it: "So conspicuous is the clock that beachgoers who may have left their watches at home can quickly look up and glance at the time of day or the temperature if they can't believe how hot it is." Other branches of the savings and loan typically sported time and temperature signs of their own.
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New home of the Marlins, 2012
The Miami Marlins baseball team gets a new home stadium.
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Giant globe is legacy of Pan Am in Miami
Pan Am built its Dinner Key terminal in 1934 as the gateway to its Latin American routes, which hopscotched from Miami to Nassau and Havana, all the way down to Buenos Aires. But in 1946, Pan Am built what is now Miami International Airport and sold the terminal to the city, which converted it into City Hall in 1954. The exterior underwent minor additions and modifications. The interior was another story. The huge globe of the world that sat in the middle of the terminal had to go; it now sits in the lobby of the Museum of Science.