Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lummus Park Historic District
Miami River Greenway
One of the first houses was that of Frank Gallat, a Miami jeweler. His Masonry Vernacular style home was built in 1913 at 453 NW 3rd Street. A year later he built the three-story Gallat Court Apartments at 431 NW 3rd Street. A four-story annex was added in 1918. The Gallat buildings became the Temple Court Apartments after the Scottish Rite Temple opened nearby.
The imposing three-story structure that introduces the area on NW North River Drive is the Scottish Rite Temple. The temple was built to house all the Masonic organizations in Miami. It is of Egyptian design (undoubtedly inspired by the 1922 discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb) with elements of early art deco, and was created by the architectural firm of Kiehnel and Elliot. John B. Orr, a pioneer Miami contractor who donated his services, built it over two years. The Scottish Rite Temple was dedicated with much fanfare on March 12, 1924. During World
North of the historic district, near NW 5th Street, African Americans would board a ferry that went to Bear's Cut (today Viginia Key Beach). During Segregation, this was the only beach accessible to South Florida's African American community.
Figure 1 Gallat Court Apartments, ca. 1919
Figure 2 The Scottisch Rite Temple, ca. 1920s
Erected by Trust for Public Land, City of Miami, Miami River Commission.
Location. 25° 46.66′ N, 80° 12.199′ W. Marker is in Miami, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of Northwest North River Drive and Northwest 4th Street, on the left when traveling north on Northwest North River Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Miami FL 33128, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wagner Homestead (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Dallas and the William F. English Plantation Slave Quarters (about 600 Dade County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gesu Catholic Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tequesta (approx. 0.7 miles away); Menendez on Biscayne Bay (approx. 0.7 miles away); Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 (approx. 0.7 miles away but has been reported missing); The Tower of Snow (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miami.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • War, World II •
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