Opa Locka – Mirage City


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Opa-Locka. Opa-Locka? Where is it?  It’s a small neighborhood in the northwest quadrant of Miami that doesn’t get the best reputation in the world.  However, the area is rich in architectural history.  If you ask Miami Dade College professor, Jose Vasquez, he’ll prove it to you.  “Opa-Locka: Mirage City” is the title of his exhibit at HistoryMiami.   The exhibit contains drawings, photographs and architecture models that celebrate the Moorish Revival style found in the area. Below is an excerpt from the WLRN article by Marva Hinton that gives more insight about the exhibit.

In the mid 1920s, famed aviator Glenn Curtiss joined forces with architect Bernhardt Muller to develop what they imagined a Muslim city would look like based on theArabian Tales. That city became Opa-locka. Curtiss was also influenced by the 1924 silent film The Thief of Baghdad. The buildings he and Muller designed featured minarets, huge domes and brightly-colored arches that can make the city feel more like the Middle East than South Florida.”….     To read the full article click here

The exhibit runs until September 8th at HistoryMiami and is $8 for adults, $7 for students.


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