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Miami Dade College’s School of Architecture Exhibition Features the City of Opa-locka

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Perspective Drawing: Opa-locka Administration Building 1925, University of Miami Libraries Bernhardt Muller Collection

Miami, June 13, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Architecture will present Opa-locka: Mirage City, an exhibition curated by one of its professors, Jose Vazquez, at HistoryMiami. The exhibition will open with a public reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27.

Working in collaboration with the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the exhibition aims to shed light on the early history of this fabled city. MDC architecture students played a key role in preparing the displays by photographing and producing 3D and digital models of this epic city’s structures. Opa-Locka: Mirage City will include original documents, drawings, and architectural models that reintroduce the unusual fabled vision, with an aim to rouse interest in its iconic architecture and encourage efforts to preserve its unique heritage.

Founded in the 1920s in an undeveloped area in the northeastern section of Miami-Dade County, Opa-locka’s Arabian-inspired architectural theme continues to enthrall visitors today. The city is a romanticized interpretation of Middle Eastern cultures popularized by Hollywood films and archeological discoveries. Drawing inspiration from Southern Spain to Persia, Opa-locka’s structures bring together an assortment of allusions to Islamic architecture that is distinctively whimsical.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 9. Admission to the opening reception is free.


MDC’s School of Architecture Presents Opa-Locka: Mirage City

  • WHEN: Thursday, Jun. 27, 6:00 PM
  • WHERE: HistoryMiami Museum 101 West Flagler St.
  • COST: reception is free; check website for museum ticket prices for other dates

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