James Deering’s heirs deeded to Miami-Dade County the property known as the Vizcaya Village for uses compatible with Vizcaya’s overall museum operations. The Vizcaya Village includes several historic buildings and the property currently occupied by the Miami Science Museum. In James Deering’s day, this land was originally used to cultivate flowers and vegetables. Several of the historic Village buildings have already been renovated and Vizcaya will soon be able to re-unite the entire Village following Miami Science Museum’s move to its new facility in downtown Miami.
The citizens of Miami-Dade County, the Board of County Commissioners and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust all approved funding to revitalize the Village area for use by Vizcaya, including the space occupied by the non-historic museum building. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust is in the midst of updating the 2005 Master Plan a process that is being facilitated by Miami-based architects MC Harry and Associates and Washington DC-based Quinn Evans Architects. The Trust’s goal has been to use the Village to accommodate Vizcaya’s expanded educational programming for the local community, enhanced visitor services, and storage and office spaces necessary for the museum’s professional operations.
The Village will become an attractive open space for public enjoyment. Landscapes and gardens will complement Vizcaya’s gardens on the east property and evoke another aspect of the estate’s history while accommodating innovative displays and programs.