Vizcaya Mansion, Miami
I visited Vizcaya when we lived in Key West with the antique car club. We had the cars on display in the courtyard (toward the street) for some kind of festival. I toured the house at that time and took pictures (two of which are included)
We went back this past visit and no photography was permitted inside the mansion - not even by professional photographers. So I took some pictures through the window.
I thought perhaps I could buy a picture of the things I wanted to record, but what I really wanted was a weather vane which showed the speed and direction of the wind inside the room, and I could not find that in any photos or postcards.
Professional photographers pay a whooping fee just to take photos outside.
Viscaya is a beautiful old mansion on the bay that is now open to the public. It was originally the summer home of John Deering, (Deering tractor ) The gardens are great, and there is even a maze garden, but it's too short to actually get lost in. All of this is set against a tropical, waterfront view with a stone dock that is shaped like a large boat, and a really pretty gazebo. Viscaya is very close to Key Biscayne, downtown Miami and Coconut Grove, and is worth seeing.
Beautiful Viscaya Mansion and early home of James Deering, the early 20th Century industrialist.
Mansion is set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens and fountains overlooking the bay of Miami.
Christmas and holidays are a special time to see the Mansion which is beautifully furnished with antique and European furniture.
Queen Elizabeth, The Pope, Presidents Clinton, Reagan have all been guests at Viscaya having hosted meetings and events within its walls.
If you're a plant enthusiast, behind the magnificent coral rock walls sit over 30 acres of beautiful gardens including many a collector's plants by Mr. Deering.
vizcaya is a very interesting place to visit when in miami. it was the winter home of james deering who was the vice president of the international harvester company in the early 20th century. vizcaya was built between 1914 and 1916. the building and gardens were inspired by italian renaissance villas that deering had visited in italy. the villa was designed by burrall hoffman. most of the decorative elements and furniture were imported from europe. the construction of vizcaya required almost 10% of the population of miami at the time. a worthwhile place to visit when in miami.
one of the highlights of a visit to vizcaya is it's beautiful gardens. designed by diego suarez the gardens are built in various levels and are accented by coral stone walls and statues. a must see area when visiting the villa of vizcaya.
a very interesting thing to see at the vizcaya villa is the stone barge. this "barge" is sculpted from coral stone as a breakwater to protect boats visiting the villa. the stone barge is modeled after the barge of the doges of venice. the sculptures on the barge were made by a. stirling calder. a very impressive site at the villa of vizcaya.
Vizcaya is a scenic mansion built in 1916 by a certain James Deering. You'll see it in many movies (I believe Scarface...) as it is really impressive. Marble and gold are everywhere, but also the coral stones!
This opulent palace was built in 1916 by James Deering. It's an Italian Renaisance-syle vila used the setting for the splendid dinner party in Ace Venturic: Pet Detective and filed with 15th century furniture and decorative arts.
There are undeniably stunning gardens, complete with beautiful fountains. Out back ,
a stone gondola in the center of the docking
area acts as a breakwater , and there's a charming gazebo. Several narrow trails run through the grounds as well.
What a beautiful place! The outdoor landscape is just unbelievable! You must see this place. Easy to get to on the metro system. There is a walking bridge over the highway which makes it quite safe to walk to.
The home was the project of James Deering who lived at the mansion from 1916 to 1925. Yes, that is a short time but he died. He only lived at the mansion during the winter months. A hurricane devastated to mansion in 1926. Much more history about the mansion is listed on it's website. Today the mansion is owned by the County of Miami-Dade.
See more pics on my travelogue, Vizcaya Mansion.
On the Saturday before Halloween, Vizcaya Gardens holds an outdoor costume party. The grounds are beautiful and the costumes are fantastic. People really go all out for this event. Its a must do if you're in the area.
This house is a fantastic mansion built by a Mr. John Deering in the period of 1914 to 1916. For 10 dollars we got entrance to the house and a tour of the ground floor was included. We were almost alone in the house and our guide Marcia took us on the tour. She was very enthusiastic and it was a very good and informative tour. We got to learn about Mr Deering’s love for Europe and how he bought antiques in Europe and later built the house around all these items. I certainly recommend a stop at this place because it was something really special. I had a feeling of being at Versailles or the palaces of Vienna when I strolled trough the rooms and in the garden.
Vizcaya, which means 'an elevated place' in Basque.
Vizcaya, the winter home of International Harvester vice president James Deering, offers a unique glimpse of a vanished lifestyle in America.
Today one of South Florida's leading attractions, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens provides a window to both the history of Miami, graced by the villa since it completion in 1916; and to the Italian Renaissance, represented in the Museum's architecture. Its art and furnishings portray 400 years of European history.
For more go to: www.vizcayamuseum.org
The Vizcaya Mansion and formal Italian Gardens. Built between 1914 and 1916 in the Italian reneissance style, it employed ten percent of Miami's population during it's construction. I know I said I would not post obvious tourist places but I have received questions about the place so here it is.
Very pretty Italian formal gardens. Beautiful mansion at the ocean's edge. A good photo opportunity. If you do not wish to visit the mansion,tell the guy in the ticket boothyou just want to take pictures of the gardens and sometimes they just let you in for free, hang a right at the mansion, go straight to the Gardens.A good opportunity to compare French and Italian garden design. If you have been to the gardens in Versailles, France, you will notice the difference between the symetric and linear design of the French gardens and the ramdom and more free design of Italian gardens.
Miami is probably not thought of as an 'arts' destination, but it has some wonderful places. Vila Vizcaya was the home of the International Harvester tycoon. It is similar to many of the Newport, RI mansions and has a beautiful water view. The interior design is exquisite, the gardens are wonderful to stroll through, and the gift shop is unique and excellent. In Miami Beach is the art deco Wolfsonian museum. It's small, but a real gem.