Fair warning, my family knew the Deering heirs and I have spent many years writing about the area history.
Given much of what is there now is an interpretation of the what was there when the state acquired it from the Deering heirs 20 something years ago. There is still in, some form, the prehistoric sink holes,an Indian burial site, a 19 century freshwater spring the original settlers site. Eventually Henry Flagler's surveyor (Richmond) used his influence to turn the orginal stucture into the Southren most hotel in 1903 and along with the Perrine heirs, tied to illegally claim, subdivide and sell most of what is now south Dade. The place has a rich history of settlers and scofflaws. Now the estate is gentrified, air conditioned and in some parts a complete rebuild to look old. Some early misguided bureaucrats tied to morph it into a period hotel complete with commerial kitchen and full baths crammed into what was orginally huge rooms opened on three sides.
Still more of south florida's short history seems to centered on this location it's easy to see why Deering was buying up all he could right up intil his death.
Oh and the view...Again it is manufactured both by Deering and again after Andrew by the county. Still it is pristeen in the sense you are not aware of the waterfront development which covers the coast now from key west to Jacksonville , which as noted early, comes at a cost. It's a long way from South Beach, literally and figuratively.
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