What you'll do
This tour will take place in Downtown Miami's historic center. We will explore the area that once housed a Seminole Indian burial ground, a slave plantation, and Miami's first luxury hotel, the famous Royal Palm. We will learn how this modern metropolis rose out of a swampy tropical forest to become one of the world's major travel destinations. We will see the glossy new high rises that make up today's skyline but will also peal back the layers of history to learn about some of Miami's important historic buildings. This includes the famous Freedom Tower with its opulent Spanish Baroque ornamentation, the DuPont Building with its stern Art Deco facade, and the Olympia Theater with its Andalusian fantasy interiors. Our walk will take us along the palm-lined shores of Biscayne Bay where we will learn about Miami's first development boom of the roaring twenties and the devastating hurricane that destroyed the city in 1926. We will also see some of the modern landmarks such as the Miami Heat Arena, Bayside Marketplace, and the Art Museum.
I am a designer, a published author and a world traveler. I am also an avid photographer with a passion for history and architecture. Miami is my home and I know it very well. In fact, my book Facade: Downtown Miami in Line Drawings explores the rich architectural history of this young and vibrant city. When I am not working on a design project or traveling, I enjoy sharing my experiences and knowledge of Miami with fellow travelers.
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Where you'll be
The tour will start by exploring what would have been Miami's original downtown, now occupied by high-rise office towers and luxury condominiums. Some of the key historic buildings we will visit include the Gesu church, the Ingraham Building, and the Shoreland Arcade. The second half of the tour will explore the modern side of Miami with buildings designed by star architects such as Zaha Hadid, I.M. Piei, Cesar Pelli and Herzog & de Meuron .
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. This is a walking tour that will last about an hour and a half (depending on the pace of the group). Those who are sensitive to the sun/heat or have…
Downtown Miami History & Architecture