Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Deering Estate at Cutler, South Miami

An allee of Poinciana trees, with a mango grove to the left

First view of the conjoined houses at end of allee to the right...

The Stone House, 1922

I feel very Palm Beach here behind the house...those arches are so Mizner

I found the siting of the house(s) rather strange...

as you see two disparate styles side by side...


This room is called the ballroom...great proportions! I think it is a double cube

My fave fireplace in an upstairs chamber...

Looking down on the parking forecourt from a chamber

The beautiful coral stone parking court

All the pages were ripped out...

One of the Deering heirs...

I caught this from the loggia, so peaceful

Taken from Richmond House...love the shutters

Stone House, after hurricane andrew blew through

Richmond House, where the dining and cooking took place

Great vintage pantry in Richmond House kitchen

Yesterday, Bill and I found ourselves in South Miami, at the beautiful and historic Deering estate, now a Miami-Dade Park and house museum...the grounds were lovely, and we wandered through the houses and the gardens on a self guided tour. Charles Deering was a half brother of James Deering (Vizcaya) and owned a castle in Spain as well as a Sitges house he converted from an old hospital...in 1921 he acquired the Richmond House Hotel, in Miami, and converted it into a private residence, while commissioning the architect Phineas Paist to build an adjacent property, known as The Stone House...a MedRev structure - he valued his art collection so much that no kitchen was included....and his wine cellar was one of the largest in the country, built during the prohibition era...Mr. and Mrs. Deering only wintered there for about five years before Mr. Deering died, age 75. The Deering Estate Foundation was created in 1989. I urge you to visit this amazing property, as a great follow up to the more opulent Vizcaya House and Gardens - http://www.deeringestate.org/ DF*****