The oldest home in Miami-Dade county withstood Hurricane Irma, but the winds blew off Wagner Homestead’s shingles and damaged its windows. Now the circa-1855 structure in Miami’s Lummus Park will soon be restored, according to the Miami Herald.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express is offering a $150,000 grant that will cover the wooden house’s new shake-shingle roof and carpentry repairs.
That’s not all: the grant is also going to go towards Irma damage at another Miami historic landmark. Repairs are slated for a 113-year-old wood bungalow that once served as the office and surgery of Dr. James Jackson, the namesake of Jackson Memorial Hospital. The building is an example of neo-classical architecture in South Florida.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation hopes these improvements will help the buildings host more events and visitors — and weather a future flood or storm event.
- Miami’s oldest house was damaged by Hurricane Irma. Now help is on the way. [Miami Herald]
- Preservation Grant from American Express to Enable Hurricane Recovery Projects in Houston, Miami and Puerto Rico [National Trust for Historic Preservation]
- Inside the Home of Coral Gables’ Founder, George Merrick [Curbed Miami]