DHT’s ‘Shenandoah’ exhibit on display at Miami-Dade County Public Library

DHT's 'Shenandoah' exhibit on display at Miami-Dade County Public Library
DHT's 'Shenandoah' exhibit on display at Miami-Dade County Public Library
Dade Heritage Trust’s “Learn About Where You Live Shenandoah” exhibit is now at the Shenandoah Branch Library.
(Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County Public Library)

Dade Heritage Trust (DHT) and the Miami-Dade County Public Library are joining this fall, as the non-profit’s “Learn About Where You Live Shenandoah,” has traveled to the system’s Shenandoah Branch, 2111 SW 19th St.

DHT’s exhibit features both contemporary and historic images of a sampling of Shenandoah’s diverse residential architecture. Shenandoah, which was established in 1919 and was one of the first Neighborhoods in the city of Miami. Originally made up of farmland and piney wood, the Shenandoah area did not come into its own until the Miami real estate boom when it was developed by Virginia developers, hence the name. It is now home to a significant number of historic and beautiful homes.

“We are excited to have this amazing project showcased at the Shenandoah branch, which is one of the community’s great meeting places,” said Christine Rupp, executive director of Dade Heritage Trust. “As part of our preservation mission, we are dedicated to sharing Miami’s rich history with residents and are delighted to be able to do so through this great partnership with the Miami-Dade County Library System.”

The exhibit’s contemporary images were captured by renowned architectural photographer Steven Brooke, while the historic images were gathered from original property tax cards in the possession of the City of Miami’s Historic Preservation Office. Through these snapshots, library patrons and guests will be able to see the differences in landscaping, building ornamentation, window styles of the different eras.

The “Learn About Where You Live Shenandoah” project was made possible through a grant from the State of Florida Division of Historical Resources, Rupp said. The neighborhood documentation and a resulting survey report, which was required by the grant, were produced by Miami-based urban planning firm, PlusUrbia. She added that the City of Miami’s Historic Preservation Office, Little Gables Group and the residents of Shenandoah were key in bringing the project to life.

“This was truly a community effort,” said Rupp.

To learn more about Dade Heritage Trust call 305-358-9572 or visit dadeheritagetrust.org.
Dade Heritage Trust (DHT) is Miami-Dade County’s largest preservation organization.

Founded in 1972 as a grassroots organization to save and protect Miami-Dade County’s historic buildings, DHT’s mission is to preserve the community’s architectural, environmental and cultural heritage. Through a variety of programs, advocacy projects, special events, exhibits and presentations, DHT furthers the mission by engaging Miami-Dade residents and visitors in preservation education.

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