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Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Vizcaya

 
 
Vizcaya NRHP Plaque image. Click for full size.
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1. Vizcaya NRHP Plaque
Inscription.
This property has been
placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

by the United States
Department of the Interior


(Marker Number 70000181.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 25° 44.674′ N, 80° 12.632′ W. Marker is in Miami, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker can be reached from South Miami Avenue south of Southwest 32nd Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens are located on the shore of Biscayne Bay in the Coconut Grove section of the city of Miami. Vizcaya is largely hidden from the road by a dense perimeter of natural forest. The roadside gated entrance is clearly visible, from which a long driveway leads to the house and gardens. The grounds are located within walking distance from the Vizcaya Metrorail Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami FL 33129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Impact of the "Bay of Pigs" on Miami (approx. 1.7 miles away); Dinner Key (approx. 1.9 miles away); Brickell Park
Vizcaya Museum Main Entrance image. Click for full size.
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2. Vizcaya Museum Main Entrance
The plaque is located near the stairs to the left of the three center archways.
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Mary Brickell Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); The People of Brickell Point (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Miami Circle at Brickell Point (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Miami Circle (approx. 2.2 miles away); Housekeepers Club (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Miami.
 
More about this marker. The NRHP plaque is mounted on the main house exterior wall, to the left of the stairs when approaching the entrance loggia. It may be somewhat hidden by shrubbery.
 
Regarding Vizcaya. Vizcaya is the former villa and estate of businessman and industrialist James Deering (1859–1925). The three-story main house was built between 1914-1916 in the Mediterranean Revival style with Baroque elements, and served as Deering's winter residence. It is surrounded by ten acres of Italian Renaissance style botanical gardens, elaborately landscaped with limestone masonry, statuary, fountains and pools. Vizcaya'a architectural presence extends even into the bay where, parallel with the villa's east facade, sits a massive, decorative stone barge
Vizcaya image. Click for full size.
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3. Vizcaya
which functions as a breakwater, Additional structures on the estate include a tea house, an ornamental building known as the Casino, and a lodge at the main gate.

In 1952, Vizcaya was acquired by the county government to operate as a museum and display the many furnishings and antiquities which Deering collected from Europe and elsewhere to furnish and decorate his home. The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens are open to the public daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Vizcaya was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 (reference #70000181), and in 1978 the listing was updated with enlarged boundaries to include the gardens and outbuildings (reference #78003193). In 1994, the U.S. Department of the Interior elevated Vizcaya's status, declaring it a National Historic Landmark.
 
Also see . . .
1. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. official website (Submitted on March 18, 2013, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 

2. Villa Vizcaya. page at Wikipedia (Submitted on March 18, 2013, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryMan-Made FeaturesNotable Buildings
 
Gardens at Vizcaya image. Click for full size.
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4. Gardens at Vizcaya
Gardens at Vizcaya image. Click for full size.
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5. Gardens at Vizcaya
Gardens at Vizcaya image. Click for full size.
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6. Gardens at Vizcaya
Vizcaya Museum and Orchid Garden image. Click for full size.
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7. Vizcaya Museum and Orchid Garden
Stone Barge in Biscayne Bay and Vizcaya's Tea House image. Click for full size.
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8. Stone Barge in Biscayne Bay and Vizcaya's Tea House
Gardens at Vizcaya image. Click for full size.
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9. Gardens at Vizcaya
Casino building at Vizcaya Gardens image. Click for full size.
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10. Casino building at Vizcaya Gardens
Gate to Vizcaya image. Click for full size.
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11. Gate to Vizcaya
Entrance off South Miami Avenue
Vizcaya image. Click for full size.
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12. Vizcaya
Gardens at Vizcaya image. Click for full size.
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13. Gardens at Vizcaya
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens image. Click for full size.
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14. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Viewed from atop the garden's mound.
Aereal view of Vizcaya image. Click for full size.
State Archives of Florida, circa 1960s
15. Aereal view of Vizcaya
Seen are the main villa (upper left), the stone barge (upper center), and the Casino (lower center).
Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/40308
Fossil corals seen at Vizcaya image. Click for full size.
By John Kunkel Small, circa 1925
16. Fossil corals seen at Vizcaya
One of countless fossilized corals which are prominently visible in the limestone (quarried in the Florida Keys) used to build Vizcaya.
Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/50311
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.   15, 16. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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