February 28, 2014

A Visit To Vizcaya, A Gilded Age Treasure!

During my recent visit to Miami, Florida, I had the pleasure of visiting Vizcaya, the extraordinary estate built during the Gilded Age by International Harvester Vice President James Deering.  Deering hired Paul Chalfin as Vizcaya’s chief designer and together, they traveled throughout Europe to gather inspiration, as well as an enormous collection of art and artifacts to incorporate into their vision.  Upon its completion, Deering used Vizcaya as his winter residence from 1916 until his death in 1925.  In 1952, Miami-Dade County acquired the villa, its furnishings and antiquities, and formal Italian gardens.  Today, it is know as the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and it is an fantastic place to visit!