Nestled along the coast with impeccable views of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre site once belonged to Chicago industralist Charles Deering and his wife, Marion. When seeking a place to house his massive art collection, Charles contracted one of Coral Gables’ most notable architects to bring his vision to life. So there, in June 1922, construction began to erect one of South Florida’s largest and most significant historical, architectural, and environmental treasures — the Deering Estate’s Stone House.
Today, the Mediterranean Revival stone mansion and its premises serves as an endless paradise of fun to discover: It is a highly sought out venue for celebrations, with special nature trails and a museum collection you can view. If you’re looking to explore the Biscayne National Park’s seagrass beds, kayaks are available on weekends, while boat trips can also be taken to Boca Chita Island, where you can picnic and explore this other historic site.
However, activities don’t stop there at this Miami-Dade County park this year. Celebrating 100 years since its construction, an activity-filled summer is in the plans, starting with a one-of-a-kind art exhibit titled “Stone House as Subject.” Make your way through the arcaded Spanish-influenced walkways of the Stone House to admire a series of paintings made by local artists Becky Franco and Monia Meluzzi. Each piece is inspired by the architectural exteriors and decoral interiors of the South Florida gem.
Becky Franco spent most of her time reflecting on the works of Charles Deering’s collection during her art residency at the estate in 2019-2020, where she captured its full essence in her photorealistic art style. In the entrance hall gallery, Monia Meluzzi plays with materiality and layers recycled papers to echo the organic palette of the world surrounding the house. These stunning artworks will be on display daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 17 through August 31.
For its anniversary, the Deering Estate will also be inviting guests to speak about the significance of the house and ongoing preservation efforts, looking ahead to the next 100 years to come.
Below is a complete list of upcoming events at the Stone House so far:
Wednesday, June 8
- Pollinator Citizen Science Day
Saturday, June 11
- Lighthouses of Biscayne Bay Cruise
- Sunrise Photography
- Herp Tour
Monday, June 13
- Full Moon Yoga
Sunday, June 19
- Father’s Day Fishing Cruise
Saturday, June 25
- Butterfly Walk