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12.18.2015

PINECREST MAGAZINE
October 1, 2016  Your Place Matters

Your Place Matters

2016 is an important year for preservationists, as the United States observes several milestone anniversaries. The Antiquities Act commemorates its 110th birthday, the National Park Service observes its centennial and the National Historic Preservation Act celebrates a half-century. But do old places still matter?

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DISFRUTAR MAGAZINE
Marzo 2016 Una Historia Brillante

¿Por qué son importantes?

Estas luces históricas se encuentran a lo largo de University Drive desde Granada Boulevard pasando Ponce de León Boulevard y a lo largo de Riviera Drive desde Granada hasta University Drive. Riviera Drive es una de las pocas calles que quedan todavía alineadas con las farolas de la “Vía Blanca” de 1926. Hace 90 años, el fundador de Coral Gables, George Merrick encargó 500 de estas farolas ornamentales “White Way”. Los planificadores y visionarios de la ciudad de Coral Gables fueron influenciados por la estética del movimiento City Beautiful, popular a principios de 1900, que alentó el uso de las amplias avenidas arboladas, edificios monumentales, caminos serpenteantes, áreas verdes, plazas adornadas, y fuentes. El efecto de la iluminación “White Way” fue para otorgar una mayor belleza, así como para iluminar las calles y aceras en las secciones de negocios y residenciales de Coral Gables.

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Check out the four-page article Una Historia Brillante in PDF format: Page 40Page 41Page 42Page 43

PINECREST MAGAZINE
October 1, 2015  Plotting History

Does your traditional Halloween custom include visiting graveyards?

October is a special month, not only for tricks and treats, but also for “plotting history” through a trip to the old graveyard. You can dedicate time to explore and learn from local historic cemeteries, memorial sites and burial grounds; take interest in saving an abandoned cemetery or forgotten gravesite; or plan a cross-country trip that includes visits to historic plots and cemeteries with national prominence.

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PINECREST MAGAZINE
August 1, 2015 Coral Gables and Village of Pinecrest…Playful mates

Merrick wanted his city to have a sense of true hometown living with a playful demeanor. Both Coral Gables and nearby Pinecrest embody Merrick’s vision as they join a select group of only 241 communities in the country to receive KaBOOM!’s coveted designation as a Playful City USA. Accessibility to parks and pools play a significant role in the selection process.

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CORAL GABLES COMMUNITY MAGAZINE
July 1, 2015 Art in Public Places

These works of art were commissioned 90 years ago by city founder George Merrick to beautify the newly built roads of the fledgling city. Originally 500, only about 70 still exist today. The White Way Lights project place Merrick as an early advocate of “art in public places”!

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PINECREST MAGAZINE
July 1, 2015 Rock Solid

“Solid as a rock” is no cliche when it comes to two local landmarks.

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PINECREST MAGAZINE
June 1, 2015 The City Beautiful Movement

The City Beautiful Movement was a reform philosophy of North American architecture and urban planning that flourished during the 1890s and 1900s with the intent of introducing beautification and monumental grandeur in cities.

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PINECREST MAGAZINE
May
 1, 2015 The Many Faces of History

Faces, reflecting the theme of seasons and ages, were incorporated into the early artistry of many Coral Gables historic landmarks including the City Hall dome murals, the relief panels on the De Soto fountain, and the ornamental bases on the Fink-designed, historically-designated White Way Lights. Denman intricately carved the bases with faces depicting labor, architecture, horticulture, and art.

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Faces, reflecting the theme of seasons and ages, were incorporated into the early artistry of many Coral Gables historic landmarks including the City Hall dome murals, the relief panels on the De Soto fountain, and the ornamental bases on the Fink-designed, historically-designated White Way Lights. Denman intricately carved the bases with faces depicting labor, architecture, horticulture, and art.

PINECREST MAGAZINE
April
 1, 2015 Before the gardens, there was El Jardin

Soon after El Jardin was built, Coral Gables Founder George Merrick emerged to envision not one home but a city of gardens. In 1921, he hired Frank Button, a well-renown landscape architect with the firm of O.C. Simonds. Buttons played an instrumental role in the design and planning for George Merrick’s City Beautiful-inspired town of Coral Gables.

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PINECREST MAGAZINE
March
 1, 2015 Discover Miami through Music

Rinaldi’s experiences of performing at the Garden and her personal love and interest in Miami’s history led her to begin a new series called “Discover Miami through Music”, where Orchestra Miami presents appropriately themed concerts in Miami’s historic landmarks and other places of interest. Through music, people are encouraged to experience and learn more about their community’s collective history in a fresh surrounding.

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PINECREST MAGAZINE
February 
1, 2015   City of Cognac

So what does Cognac, France have to do with South Florida and the cities of Pinecrest and Coral Gables? Back in February 2012, officials from Cognac forged strong ties with both municipalities – getting the “Key to the City” from one and becoming a “sister city” to the other.

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PINECREST MAGAZINE
January 1, 2015   To protect landmarks, local is better than national

Historic landmarks give a community a sense of place, identity and stability and provide numerous economic benefits as well. Being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a program administered by the National Park Service to recognize historic places worthy of preservation, bestows a certain level of prestige for a historic site but very little protection from demolition.

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PINECREST MAGAZINE
December 
1, 2014 Pinecrest and Coral Gables…very close cousins

These two cities not only share a prime ZIP code that comes in as the 15th priciest hood in the whole country on Forbes “Most Expensive ZIP Codes” 2012 list, but they also share space on “best quality of life” lists and both have strong preservation codes and historical landmarks.

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