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Homes That Hover

 
 
Homes That Hover Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
1. Homes That Hover Marker
Inscription. Stiltsville got its start in the 1930s, when "Crawfish" Eddie Walker set up a bait shop on the bay.

The area takes its name from the houses built on stilts above the water. By the 1950s and 1960s, it was a popular gathering place for fishermen, boaters, club-goers and well-known citizens, such as former governor of Florida, LeRoy Collins. Today, the National Park Service owns the land on which Stiltsville stands, and the structures are part of Biscayne National Park.

"No one who chances upon the phenomenon of Stiltsville for the first time will ever forget the sight of homes that hover above the waters, miles away from any shore, like stuctures from a dream."
Les Standiford, letter to Mr. Richard Shaw, August 12, 1998

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The Calvert Club was one of the earliest and most popular destinations in Stiltsville. It is shown here with members of the Maimi Rod and Reel Club in 1938.

Seven structures currently make up Stiltsville: Hicks House; Bay Chateau; Leshaw House; Baldwin, Sessions, Shaw House; A Frame House; Jimmy Ellenburg House; Miami Springs Power Boat Club

Feel the unique structure of the A-Frame House. It was added to Stiltsville in the 1950s.
 
Location. 25° 39.932′ N, 80° 
Stiltsville view from marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
2. Stiltsville view from marker
9.486′ W. Marker is in Key Biscayne, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Crandon Boulevard and Cape Florida Park Boulevard, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at the southern tip of Bill Baggs State Park on Key Biscayne. Stiltsville is in the waters of Biscayne Bay, one mile south of Cape Florida. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 S. Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne FL 33149, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Key Biscayne, The Barrier Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Escaping to Freedom in the Bahamas (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Coast Survey Base Marker (about 600 feet away); Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage (about 700 feet away); Let It Shine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Virginia Key Beach Park (approx. 4.8 miles away); Vizcaya (approx. 6.4 miles away); Dinner Key (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Key Biscayne.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stiltsville History. (Submitted on December 14, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
2. Stiltsville Trust, Inc. (Submitted on December 14, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
3. Stiltsville. Wikipedia (Submitted on December 14, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.) 

4. Stiltsville. Biscayne
Homes That Hover Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
3. Homes That Hover Marker
National Park, National Park Service (Submitted on December 15, 2014.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Stiltsville
Stiltsville is a locally beloved collection of houses built on pylons (stilts) in Biscayne Bay. Used for decades for partying, socializing, charity events, and fishing, Stiltsville has withstood many hurricanes with houses destroyed and rebuilt. Only seven houses remain today. Biscayne National Park now owns the land under the houses and has ordered their demolition. Public efforts to save Stiltsville continue unabated.
    — Submitted December 14, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.

 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Calvert Club image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
4. Calvert Club
The Calvert Club was one of the earliest and most popular destinations in Stiltsville. It is shown here with members of the Miami Rod and Reel Club in 1938.
Hicks House image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
5. Hicks House
Bay Chateau image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
6. Bay Chateau
A-frame house image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
7. A-frame house
Jimmy Ellenburg House image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
8. Jimmy Ellenburg House
Miami Springs Power Boat Club image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
9. Miami Springs Power Boat Club
Leshaw House image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
10. Leshaw House
Baldwin, Sessions, Shaw House image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 4, 2014
11. Baldwin, Sessions, Shaw House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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