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Historic Villa Vizcaya Mansion
Miami, Florida

This Italian Renaissance and Baroque style mansion in Miami Florida was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and today it is a museum and botanical garden that is open to the public.

Vizcaya Mansion
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Villa Vizcaya was the summer home of James Deering, a vice president of the International Harvester Company, from 1916 until he died in 1925. It was designed in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque style by architect F. Burrall Hoffman. The estate is located on 10 acres of land on Biscayne Bay, and it has more then 70 rooms decorated with furniture from the 16th through 19th century.

Miami-Dade County bought the buildings in 1952 and Deering's heirs donated the furniture and artwork to the county. The estate is now called Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The Gardens surrounding the estate were designed by Colombian landscape archtect Diego-Suarez and they were influenced by both Renaissance Italian and French design. Gardens include a hedge maze and the David A Llein Orchidarium.


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue Coconut Grove, Florida
Official Web Site: VizcayaMuseum.com

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