Bayshore Historic District
Historic home in Morningside
Conch house in Coconut Grove, Miami
Miami's Historic Neighborhoods
Backstory and Context
Morningside was originally established as a residential area during the twenties. It continued to prosper throughout the mid-twentieth century when it began to decline, as did most inner-city neighborhoods in Miami during the sixties and seventies. It was the first historic area to experience gentrification and has now been fully restored.
The area is important historically for a variety of reasons, including its significance to the history of architecture, landscape architecture, and Miami’s community development. The area contains examples of Mediterranean, Art Deco, and vernacular style houses, which all exhibit the diversity of architectural design during the twenties and thirties. The Mediterranean Revival Style incorporates elements from Spanish Renaissance, Spanish Colonial, Beaux-Arts, Italian Renaissance, and Venetian Gothic architectural styles. Indicative elements of the style include stuccoed walls, red tiled roofs, and wrought iron balconies. The Art Deco style uses Machine Age imagery and materials to create more traditional motifs. Vernacular Style architecture is a practical style based in local needs and construction materials. Because it is so reliant on place, the style varies widely based on location. One type of vernacular style house popular in Florida is the conch house. The conch house is generally wooden and raised on posts or piers. The house gets its name because it was developed by immigrants from the Bahamas, known as “Conchs.” Due to the Bahamians’ boat-building experience, early conch houses were built using timber framing.