News: Morningside Historic Home Tour Spotlights Dade Heritage Trust Days

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Miami’s Morningside neighborhood hosted its widely popular Morningside Historic Home Tour in conjunction with Dade Heritage Trust Days last week.

The neighborhood, which is Miami’s first recorded historic district, spans east of Biscayne Boulevard from Northeast 50th Terrance to Northeast 60th Street. Advance tickets to the event are available online for $20 and on-site for $25 at the intersection of Northeast 57th Street and Northeast 6th Avenue. Approximately eight historic homes will be on the tour, with trolley shuttles, food, history booths and more.

Located in Miami’s Upper Eastside, Morningside is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Morningside is a planned subdivision with tree-lined boulevards that was built in the 1920’s, with a predominantly Mediterranean Revival style of architecture.  Homes built in the 1930s and early 1940s have a more Art Deco influence.

Morningside was the first historic area in central Miami to experience gentrification, with many of the large, historic homes that were once derelict being brought back to their glamorous splendor in the 1990s. The Historic District is still today one of Miami’s most intact historic neighborhoods.

The earlier buildings in the district are predominantly Mediterranean Revival in style, while structures built in the 1930s and early 1940s are frequently Art Deco. Outstanding examples of both styles are found here. Morningside also features a large number of masonry vernacular buildings that frequently utilize elements of several styles. An unusual Tudor Revival style house and one of the City’s best examples of Mission style architecture add to the area’s architectural diversity.

The Morningside Historic District is significant to the history of architecture, landscape architecture, and community development in Miami. Morningside is still regarded as one of Miami’s best-planned subdivisions, featuring wide, tree-lined boulevards that contribute to the character of the area.

The neighborhood was envisioned as an exclusive, residential community, and its amenities and location on Biscayne Bay attracted many influential and prominent local residents.

Despite the number of post-1941 buildings in the area, Morningside retains a high degree of historic and architectural integrity. This is due, in part, to new construction in the area being intrusive and attention to the neighborhood’s architecture, scale, setbacks, materials, and workmanship. Morningside residents recognize the special character of their unique area and desire its continued preservation.

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