Posts made in June, 2010

A Brief History of Miami and it’s Architecture

Posted by on Jun 25, 2010 in Floor, How to and Syle, Miami Terrazzo Restoration, terrazzo | Comments Off on A Brief History of Miami and it’s Architecture

A Brief History of Miami and it’s Architecture

Much of the existing architecture in South Florida, home of Colonial Floor and Stone Care, is the result of foreign settlers earlier in the history of the region. Their cultural influences also spread among the people and reflected in the architecture and constructions during each period. Before the Spanish intrusion of South Florida, the chief tribe that resided in the area was the Calusa tribe. In fact, the name ‘Miami’ comes from “Mayami”, a Calusa word that meant “Big Water”. The Spanish repeatedly tried to invade the region, but met with little success. After a series of invasions and wars between the Spanish and the British, Miami changed hands from the Spain to the British in 1763. After a brief regain of Florida, Spain once again ceded the region to the United States after the American Revolution in 1783. After a peaceful time in the early 1800s, investors and property developers grew an interest in the region in the 1870s. Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad was the key to developing the area, and Tuttle managed to convince him to extend the railroad into Miami. Flagler brought in the railroad on 15 April in 1896, and started developing the region. Soon, Miami Beach and its resorts came into existence in 1915. From the 1900s to the 1930s, the main construction material used by the inhabitants was wood frames, and the method of construction was masonry. World War I and II brought the much-needed urbanization to this area. With the development of highways, office buildings, housing, hotels and streets, Miami. Miami Beach and the Key West area soon attracted visitors from all over the world. However, a 1926 hurricane destroyed the railroad as well as much of the development in the area. However, World War II brought the area back to life with soldiers posted in the region settling there. Cubans also migrated in the region in the 1960s, bringing a large part of their culture with them.The Art Deco, with its use of materials such as Terrazzo flooring. This district is perhaps the best symbol for the continuing architectural influences in the region. The most notable period of architecture was probably the Mediterranean Revival period, from the 1910s to the 1930s. This architecture is a perfect mix of Moorish, Italian, Southern Spanish and North African themes. The main influence in most of Florida architecture is unmistakably Spanish, sometimes Baroque and other Classical detailing. The late 1920s to the 1930s incorporated many indigenous American, Mayan, and even Egyptian themes in construction, using glass, concrete, Mexican or Cuban tile and terrazzo in the construction. A mix of influences contributed to the variety of architecture there. With the infiltration of one cultural influence after another, South Florida and especially Miami and Key West developed distinct architectural styles that took inspiration from these influences. Colonial Floor and Stone Care is proud of it’s Historical restoration of the unique and historic flooring that has been used in the Miami/Dade area. Terrazzo always a individual and unique floor, we will restore it back to it’s original shine and help you keep it that way.  Mexican and Cuban tile in the Coral Cables area of Miami will shine after our proprietary cleaning and polishing. Call us for a free estimate, we have been taking care of Miami’s diverse flooring and stone for over 20 years. From Concrete to Cuban tile and Terrazzo to Granite, we are the leading stone care specialists for your needs. Call 305-741-2242 today for a free estimate. For More Details Visit us :...

Read More