3251 South Miami Avenue
A national historic landmark, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was once the winter home of industrialist James Deering. Vizcaya was designed by Deering and artist Paul Chalfin who, together, created a landscape of great splendor and opulence. A 2007 Save America’s Treasures grant was used to conserve up to 140 artifacts from Vizcaya’s outdoor sculpture garden collection that had been damaged by hurricanes. These pieces include such extraordinary objects as a 2nd century AD Roman altar, 17th- and 18th-century Italian sculptures, and works by the 20th-century artist Gaston Lachaise that were personally commissioned by Deering. In 2010 the City of Miami received a Preserve America grant to produce bilingual audio tours of Vizcaya as well as a comprehensive marketing plan. Vizcaya is visited by 120,000 people each year.
Photo: Vizcaya's Secret Garden