DHT Celebrates 50th Anniversary with proclamation from Miami-Dade County, and 3 new historic sites

By: Dade Heritage Trust
MIAMI - May 17, 2022 - PRLog -- Today the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners declared May 17 as Dade Heritage Trust 50thAnniversary Day. This honorary proclamation is another milestone achieved just this month for the non-profit historic preservation group. Earlier this month, on May 3, DHT celebrated the historic designation of three properties in the City of Miami by the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board (HERB).

The first of three properties is the Gayer Residence, located at 3756 Carmen Court in Coconut Grove. This house, designed by architect Alfred Browning Parker, was constructed in 1954 on a quarter-acre lot, which now has a lush tree canopy and a heavily landscaped front yard. The Gayer residence crossed the 50-year threshold towards eligibility for historic designation, and successfully met the criteria set forth by the HERB through its architectural design and historical associations to the development of Miami.

The property located at 1021 NW 2nd Avenue is the Thomas Overtown Law Office, which was constructed in 1936 as a mixed-use building featuring three residential units attached behind a commercial space. The building served as the law office of prominent civil rights activist and first judge of Miami's Negro Municipal Court, Lawson Edwards Thomas from the late 1950s to 1989, shortly before his passing. A modest concrete block structure from the outside, this property is an example of the second generation of neighborhood buildings in Overtown.

The third property consists of three warehouse buildings within two parcels located at 471 NE 79 Street, near the Miami River. In the 1930s, the property was home to the Emancipator Boat Company. Developed by famed racer S. Mortimer Auerbach, Emancipator was known for its sleek power boats, which epitomized the optimism and opportunity of the post-war era, and also reflected South Florida's rich boating heritage. Fortunately, the three buildings currently located on the property–two of which date back to the Emancipator boat building days, and the third to the original Hartman farm–are intact and in good condition. Together, the Emancipator site presents a rare opportunity to celebrate Little River's agricultural and industrial legacy.

"The work of our dedicated team at DHT was instrumental in having the Thomas Law office designated and we were delighted to have been able to support the historic designation of both the Gayer Residence and the Hartman Farm," said Christine Rupp, executive director of Dade Heritage Trust.  "The designation of these three properties makes the honor bestowed upon us by the Miami-Dade County in honor of our  50th anniversary that much more meaningful," Rupp added.

For more info, visit: https://www.dadeheritagetrust.org

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