The demolition of this particular building proved a “flash point,” as the cutting-edgehistoric preservation effort was then well underway, and the owner apparently nervous.The movement suddenly burst into flame, and the die was cast. History seems to be judging the results kindly: as it turns out, honoring and protecting those old buildings wasvisionary wisdom, and an absolute triumph.
THE house we have come to call "the Mission" is old by Miami standards, built in 1927. The city was then only thirty years old. That time and place isnow long gone and nearly forgotten, even hard to imagine.
Mouth of Miami River, ca. 1906. Below, today.(Courtesy of Google maps.)