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Miami, Florida
County of Dade.
3251 South Miami Avenue
National Register Number: 78003193
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: FL-18 Certified Local Government: YES
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: House Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 19, 1994):
Vizcaya, which means "an elevated place" in Basque, was completed in 1916 as the winter home for the industrialist James Deering (1859-1925), who made this a showplace of personal fantasy. Deering's fortune was made in the production of farm machinery. A patron of the arts, Deering asked New York painter and designer Paul Chalfin to advise him on his plans for a Florida home; together, the two men created a melange of Baroque, Rococco, Mannerist, and Louis XIV, adapted to a beach house in South Florida.

Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma have damaged the basement and gardens. FEMA is currently working with the staff on plans for restoration of the gardens.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The NHL will $50 million in general obligation bonds, earmarked in November 2004, from Miami Dade County for restoration over the next 10 years.

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