Another First for the City of Miami Gardens: Historic Designation of the Arch

On August 17, 2011 the Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board designated the “Arch of Industry” at the Sunshine State International Park as a Local Historic Structure. Completed in 1964, our Arch was finished before its inspiration, the Gateway Arch of St. Louis! South Florida’s industrial pioneer William “Bill” C. Webb developed the industrial park and built the Arch as “. . . a fresh approach to industrial planning . . . a bold new concept . . . Florida’s showcase of industry . . .” His grandson, William “Bill” C. Webb III exclaimed, “That’s great news! I only wish my grandfather could have still been with us to enjoy this honor.” Bill Webb III currently manages the park.

To quote Mayor Shirley Gibson, “It is wonderful! Having the arch designated as the first historical landmark in the city is wonderful, and we are c e r t a i n l y happy to have this prestigious designation.” The Arch is already a part of the City’s identity, having been incorporated into the City’s Seal by Dr. Danny O. Crew, City Manager. The Arch exemplifies Miami Modern or MiMo architecture ( m i d – c e n t u r y modernism). The post-World War II MiMo style has become recognized for its unique shapes, South Florida influence, optimistic style and high quality. In the near future, the City will obtain a historic marker for the site as well as apply for National Historic Designation.

Short URL: http://www.communitynewspapers.com/?p=26063


1 Comment for “Another First for the City of Miami Gardens: Historic Designation of the Arch”

  1. louis

    I hope it never succeeds. You can't take that from the real st. Louis.

Comments are closed

View Full Version En Español
FLA Lottery

Upcoming Events

  1. Mommy Fitness and Conditioning

    April 13 @ 10:00 am - May 30 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Mommy Fitness and Conditioning

    April 14 @ 10:00 am - May 19 @ 5:00 pm
  3. “Guys and Dolls, Jr.” is a sure bet at Area Stage Company!

    April 17 @ 8:00 pm - April 19 @ 8:00 pm
  4. Black Male Youth Mental Health Conference

    April 18 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  5. Mini-Zoo Camp: April 18, 2014

    April 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm