Vizcaya, Miami Beach

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  • The Deering Palace
    The Deering Palace
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  • East Facade facing the bay from 1962
    East Facade facing the bay from 1962
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    Ducks in ponds on south side
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    Built by International Harvester

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Vizcaya is not actually in Miami Beach, but is in Miami. Don't expect to come here and take a lot of photos because photography is forbidden inside the house.

    A bit of Venice, on Miami's Key Biscayne is maybe what James Deering the second son of William Deering of International Harvester tried to recreate when he built Vizcaya. In 1916 when it was finished, it was meant to look hundreds of years old. Entrance fee for the 34 rooms is $10 for adults. I've been here twice - once in 2004 and once in 1962 for an antique car show when photography was allowed inside.

    Another Deering estate at Cutler is that of Charles Deering (1852-1927) who was a wealthy Chicago industrialist, art dealer and early environmentalist. The son of William Deering, who started the Deering Harvester Company in Maine, Charles served as the first chairman of the International Harvester Company.

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    Vizcaya

    by iammon Written Apr 1, 2008

    The Spirit of an era!

    If you are into antiques or have a romantic vibe this place is a must to visit. The nice lush gardens (native hammock forest) at the sea shore are wonderful.

    The villa is furnished (1916) with euopean decorative arts and has a lot of nice little romantic corners.

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    Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (1)

    by GUYON Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Deering Palace

    It was the Winter home of James Deering, the harvester.
    The palace was built between 1914 and 1916 in the style of the Italian Renaissance.

    Deering gathered here plenty of art works from the entire world.

    Each room is adorned to present a country.

    Photographs indoor are forbiden.

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    Villa Vizcaya

    by vanessadb Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Just a few miles south of downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay lies Villa Viscaya, an Italian Renaissance-style villa built for industrialist James Deering in the early 1900s. Capitalizing on the International Harvester fortune, Deering hired almost 10 percent of Miami's population to construct his mansion. The home and sprawling gardens are designated a National Historic Landmark and are now open to the public. Visitors can tour the historic house museum and view much of the original 16th- through 19th-century furnishings, tapestries and artwork Deering purchased while traveling through Europe. The villa is surrounded by more than 10 acres of formal gardens and a historic European landscape adapted to Miami's sub-tropic climate. Elaborate fountains, pools and cascades are scattered around the grounds.

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    by hayward68 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is one of the archways on the property that lead to the gardens.

    The formal gardens were not completed until 1921 because of the outbreak of World War I.

    Pic in intro is from garden at Vizcaya.

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    Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

    by hayward68 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

    Built by James Deering between 1914 and 1916 in the style of an Italian Villa.
    Originally comprised of 180 acres now 30 acres that include 10 acres of formal gardens and fountains overlooking Biscayne Bay.

    The Summit of the Americas was held here in 1994 and it has been visited by Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II.

    Pic is of front of house.

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    Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (2)

    by GUYON Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Vizcaya Museum

    Some famous guests : John Paul II, Queen Elisabth II, Ronald Reagan (the actor).

    Open : 9:30AM - 5:00PM (gardens : 5:30PM)

    Price : 10$ (6 - 12 : 5$)
    A coupon on the website.

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    by hayward68 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is called the Stone Barge and sits off the East Terrace and was intended as a breakwater for small boats.

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    Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

    by richiecdisc Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Industrialist John Deering built this Italian Renaissance-style villa in 1916. Tours of the formal gardens and antique filled rooms are available.

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