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HistoryMiami Exhibit - OPA-LOCKA: MIRAGE CITY

June 28, 2013 - September 08, 2013

Courtesy of University of Miami Libraries, Special Collections Division, Bernhardt Muller Collection.
Opa-locka: Mirage City explores one of South Florida’s most unique architectural communities. Based on stories and names of characters from the Arabian Tales, Opa-locka presents itself as both eccentric dream; an exotic Middle-eastern urban oasis in a subtropical paradise, and tourist’s kitsch; an architectural conceit more akin to a Hollywood film set. Founded in the 1920s in an undeveloped area of northwest Miami-Dade, the city is a highly romanticized interpretation of an exotic cultural milieu popularized by Hollywood films and archeological discoveries of its time. The exhibition presents original drawings and architectural models that reintroduce the original fabled vision, aiming to rouse interest in the city’s iconic structural design and encourage efforts to preserve its endangered architectural heritage.

Curated by Jose R. Vazquez, Associate Professor of Architecture at Miami Dade College. Presented in conjunction with the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami Libraries, Special Collections. 


Exhibition Opening, 6/27

Join HistoryMiami for the opening of Opa-locka: Mirage City, June 27 at 6pm. The reception is free to the public. RSVP to 305-375-5356 or rsvp@historymiami.org.


ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY IN OPA LOCKA, FL Retro Ladies' T-shirt / Florida City Pride Tee

(Reprint) 1971 Yearbook: Miami Carol City High School, Opa Locka, Florida


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Bill G

Cool, im going to the History museum exhibit. Vazquez did a great exhibit on Miami Bungalow houses a few years back. RSVP for the opening, free.

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