June 16 Road Trip – Vizcaya Museum & Gardens – Miami

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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Date(s) - Sunday, June 16, 2019
9:00 am-2:00 pm

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens


Celebrate Fathers Day this year with the South Florida Miata Club. Our June 16th Road Trip takes us to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami. Vizcaya’s Main House and gardens are furnished with a collection that represents many cultures and periods of art—ancient Roman sculptures, Renaissance tapestries and architectural elements, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century statues and garden decorations, Chinese ceramics, Rococo and Neoclassical furniture and early twentieth-century sculptures and paintings.

James Deering relied on his artistic director, Paul Chalfin, to decorate Vizcaya. In fact, if there was a collector at Vizcaya, it was Chalfin rather than Deering. The great majority of Vizcaya’s collection was acquired in Italy between 1912 and 1914, while the estate was still being planned.

Vizcaya’s collections aren’t only of statuary, furniture and important works of art; they also cultivate and care for living collections throughout these gardens and grounds. These include thousands of orchids, critically endangered native plants and several national champion trees. Vizcaya, the winter residence of James Deering (1859–1925), was built between 1914 and 1922 in the Coconut Grove area of Miami. The estate was entirely surrounded by subtropical forest—the Main House and the formal gardens appeared as a dreamlike vision in the midst of the jungle on the shores of Biscayne Bay. Today, Vizcaya is an oasis of silence and green, miraculously preserved just south of Miami’s modern skyline.

Meetup at the 84 Diner just off of I-595 and Hiatus Road at 9am for our hour drive down to the estate in Miami.

For those of you interested, a group of us will be meeting at 8am for breakfast at the 84 Diner ahead of our trip.

Tour the grounds at 10am.

Lunch At Vizcaya – http://vizcaya.org/visit-cafe-and-shop.asp

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the venue.


Vizcaya Estate


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  • Mark Gilbert
  • Gary Koester
  • John Morris
  • David Brandt
  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf
  • Lou Marett

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