Dade Heritage Trust’s annual two-month bonanza of tours of places natural, historic and architectural -- by foot, by bus and by boat – and preservation-themed talks, tastings, awards and other generally interesting stuff all launches on March 4.
The opening event: Presentations on a hot topic, Mid-20th Century Modern Architecture, all the rage in local and national preservation circles. Think MiMo. Think Bacardi building, whose architect, Enrique H. Gutierrez, will speak. Time is 6:30 p.m.
So will University of Miami prof Jan Hochstim, author of Florida Modern, who’s been championing this stuff since before it was cool.
The site: Miami Beach 10th Street Auditorium, at Ocean Drive, headquarters for the Miami Design Preservation League. Refreshments will be served. FREE for DHT and MDPL members; $10 for nonmembers. RSVP, 305-358-9572.
Lots more on the schedule, from films to concerts, moonlight tours of Vizcaya’s gardens to tours of the old missile base in the Everglades, a Coral Gables waterway cruise, and a chance to join teams of scientists on a 24-hour quest to count as many living things as possible within Biscayne National Park.
It all climaxes with the annual DHT awards, this year to be held April 28 at the old Spanish Monastery in North Miami.