Charles Deering Collection - circa 1900-1922

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Charles Deering Collection - circa 1900-1922


  • circa 1900-1922 (Creation)


6 boxes (papers and 345 photographs), 1 folder

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Industrialist Charles Deering (International Harvesters) built his first home in Miami in 1910, when he was not quite 60. This was Buena Vista, located in what is now Bay Point. By 1914 he was buying land in south Dade County and in 1920 was owner of 380 acres of bayfront in Cutler, where he added a three story stone house to existing buildings. Among these was the old Richmond Inn which had been in business before the turn of the century. After his death in 1927 his widow continued living at the Cutler estate until her death in 1943. In 1985 the Nature Conservancy purchased it as a nature preserve and historic site. It is now managed by Miami-Dade County Parks

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Correspondence, pamphlets, photographic prints and clippings document Charles Deering's interest in plant introduction, research and cultivation at his two Dade County estates. Included are letters and notes from John Kunkel Small, noted botanist and authority on the flora of the southeastern states; material on the building of the Cutler dwelling, with letters from its architect, Phineas Paist; and a folder of pamphlets issued by National Audubon Society, chiefly dated 1912-1916.

Scrapbooks of the Buena Vista estate and Japanese life and customs, 1900-circa 1909. Folder of preconstruction sketches for the Deering estate on Biscayne Bay north of Miami, and a turn-of-the-century photograph album on Japan. Buena Vista materials include two floor plans headed: Preliminary studies of house for Mr. Charles Deering, Miami, Fla. ; a photographic print of a building model; and eight watercolor sketches of different rooms, elevations, etc., signed by the architect Clinton MacKenzie of New York City. The Japanese album consists of a series of hand colored phographic prints showing traditional Japanese artisans, farmers and street scenes. They are numbered in Japanese and appear to have been commercially produced.

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Papers arranged in folders by subject; photographic prints arranged by place and year except where undated.

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The collection is open for research.

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Gift of James Deering Danielson, 1989

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1989-102 to 1989-105

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