Surfside Historical Walking Tour - March

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Town Of Surfside Community Center

9301 Collins Avenue

Surfside, FL 33154

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HistoryMiami's Dr. Paul George returns for 2020 Surfside Walking Tours

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**Image: Surfside Town Hall, 1945. James P. Wendler, photographer. South Florida Photograph Collection, HistoryMiami Museum, 1995-339-8

South Florida native and HistoryMiami’s Resident Historian, Dr. Paul George, known for his ability to remember the most notable details about South Florida’s people and places, will lead the Surfside Historical Walking Tour, which will depart from Surfside’s Community Center (9301 Collins Avenue).

Dr. George will take attendees back in time to the most eminent landmark building in the community, The Surf Club, a place of myths and legends. Participants will be able to hear all about the place that was once the setting for lavish galas, black-tie dinners and booze during the Prohibition. The social club for the elite was the playground where the rich and famous like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elizabeth Taylor came to enjoy privacy and be seen at the same time.

A stroll through Collins Avenue’s historic district will expose attendees to the area’s collection of Art Deco and Miami Modern architectural buildings constructed between 1946 and 1957, both styles becoming a defining symbol of the area. The tour will bring history to life highlighting the town’s Mediterranean-revival-style buildings and homes still in existence, which were designed and built inspired by The Surf Club.

Dr. George will showcase the history of Surfside’s quaint, two-block downtown area on Harding Avenue, which was nonexistent prior to the immediate aftermath of World War II. Attendees will also learn about the area’s beloved and protected loggerhead turtles, which return each year to lay eggs on the beach. The work of local artists will also be highlighted as the group walks past the “Tales of the Seaside Turtles,” a fiberglass turtle exhibit that pays homage to these fascinating creatures.

Tours begin at 11 a.m. from the Surfside Community Center.

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