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

E.W.F. Stirrup House

 
 
E.W.F. Stirrup House Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
1. E.W.F. Stirrup House Marker Side 1
Inscription.  (Side 1)
Bahamian immigrants played an integral role in the development of Coconut Grove. African-Bahamian immigrant Ebenezer Woodbury Franklin Stirrup was born in 1873, and emigrated from the Bahamas in 1888. Stirrup worked as a carpenter’s apprentice first in Key West, then moved his family to Coconut Grove to work on James Deering’s pineapple farm. Through his entrepreneurial talent, Stirrup became one of the largest landowners in the area and built this two-story Frame Vernacular house for himself in 1897. Believing homeownership led people to be better citizens, he built more than 100 homes for African Americans in the region, and provided other blacks with opportunities to rent and later purchase their first homes. In addition to real estate, Stirrup owned a grocery store, bicycle repair shop, tailor shop, meat market, and dry goods store. The Bahamas had the same coral rock and climate, so Stirrup and others knew how to use this soil to plant tropical trees, vegetables, and fruits. Furthermore, they knew how to use the local limestone to make lime mortar used in stone foundations for houses.
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Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
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The Stirrup House is one of a few wood-frame residences from the late nineteenth century remaining in Miami-Dade County. The house’s narrow proportions, the size and shape of its doors and windows, and its L-shaped plan are characteristics frequently associated with the era’s residential architecture. The house contains materials of outstanding quality that are native and unique to South Florida, including Dade County slash pine. Though the building has been altered over the years, it retains much of its overall integrity, and is a remarkable example of architecture associated with the Bahamian experience in South Florida. Along with the rehabilitated Mariah Brown House nearby to the west, the E.W.F. Stirrup House serves as a reminder of the achievement of these early pioneers.
 
Erected 2016 by Coconut Grove Civic Club and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-886.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
 
Location. 25° 43.537′ N, 80° 14.715′ W. Marker is in Coconut Grove, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is on Charles Avenue west of Main Highway, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker
E.W.F. Stirrup House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
3. E.W.F. Stirrup House and Marker
is at or near this postal address: 3242 Charles Avenue, Miami FL 33133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Avenue (a few steps from this marker); Coconut Grove Playhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Mariah Brown House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ransom School (about 500 feet away); The Barnacle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cocoanut Grove Public Utilities Company (approx. ¼ mile away); Coconut Grove Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Coconut Grove Library (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coconut Grove.
 
E.W.F. Stirrup image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
4. E.W.F. Stirrup
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 1, 2022