THE Vizcaya Village 

Defining Miami’s cultural landscape

Most of us are familiar with Vizcaya’s extraordinary bayfront house and gardens. This beautiful estate has defined Miami’s cultural landscape for over 100 years. But just across South Miami Avenue is a lesser-known, but equally impressive part of our community’s history waiting to be discovered—the Vizcaya Village. Today we embark on a plan to restore the Village to create vibrant new programs for all of Miami-Dade County to enjoy.

Rooted in Miami’s history

The Vizcaya Village was the working part of the estate and we are revitalizing it to tell new stories about our community’s history and to offer innovative new programs. 

Sheltered under large banyan trees, the Vizcaya Village features 11 architecturally significant buildings on 12 acres. Built in 1916 to make Vizcaya self-sufficient, the Village included staff quarters, a garage and workshops, barns, and greenhouses and fields that supplied fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables. The Village restoration will realize the full potential of Vizcaya as a cultural hub through year-round innovative programming and green space for residents and visitors.

Just steps from public transit and the future Underline, the Vizcaya Village will welcome pedestrians, joggers, cyclists, school groups, families, those who want to learn, and those looking to connect with nature. No matter your interest, Vizcaya Village will be THE place to gather and connect like never before.

Reinventing Miami’s future

The Vizcaya Village will inject our vibrant community with enriching activities in an inspiring space.

Phase I
• Welcome the public to enjoy this campus of historic architecture and native plants
• Provide easy access to Metrorail and Underline at 32nd Road gate and open neighborhood Café in the Superintendent’s House
• Relocate visitor arrival to the Village Garage and establish exhibits that tell the story of Vizcaya’s past
• Provide a base for horticultural operations, build a greenhouse and launch Caribbean-based urban farm programs with community partners
• Reclaim entire site by removing non-historic structures and create pine grove and privacy wall for neighbors

Phase II
• Create new programs for students and families in the historic Farm Quadrangle
• Establish archival exhibits and a reference library in the Staff Residence
• Invite the public to participate in the museum’s professional activities at a conservation lab and open storage in the Poultry Barn

Phase III
• Build new “Community Courtyard” with exhibition gallery, auditorium and other public amenities near east edge of Village
• Refurbish and landscape parking lot
• Build additional greenhouses to accommodate site-wide horticulture needs
• Build work spaces along west edge

Learn More about Vizcaya Village

Programs and Events
Parents and children gathering around a planting to learn how to grow and plant greens.
Families come together in Vizcaya Village for an interactive gardening activity led by Vizcaya staff. Photo by Ben Thacker.

Visit Vizcaya’s calendar of events for upcoming community and member programs in the Vizcaya Village.

 

Workshops for Educators

Visit Vizcaya’s For Educators page for teacher workshops held in Vizcaya Village. 

Two adults with a Vizcaya Learning Program Facilitator in the Center Island building a structure with small wooden building pieces.
Vizcaya helps teachers learn new hand-on techniques at its Teacher Workshops. Photo by Vizcaya staff.
Support Vizcaya
Three people at a 2016 Lunch and Learn event in the Vizcaya Village Garage.
James Deering Society guests enjoy a Lunch and Learn event in the Vizcaya Village Garage. Photo by Miami-Dade County staff.

Visit Vizcaya’s Ways to Give page to learn how you can support Vizcaya’s mission.