Artists renderings released for complex to feature Tequesta Indian relics

03/26/2014 3:04 PM

03/26/2014 4:29 PM

The public now has a glimpse of how developers building a Downtown Miami hotel-and-entertainment complex will display remnants of an ancient Tequesta Indian village unearthed at the construction site.

The complex’s developer, MDM Group, on Wednesday released artist renderings showing the glass-enclosed display to be incorporated into the long-planned project, METsquare. The architects are Miami-based Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Inc.

The release of the images come less than a week after MDM Group, public officials and preservationists concluded intense mediation talks, reaching a deal to preserve portions of the archaeological site. The plan will be presented to Miami’s City Commission Thursday for approval.

The design features glass enclosures over a pair of circular arrays of carved postholes in the bedrock that archaeologists believe mark the foundations of Tequesta dwellings dating back 2,000 years.

The display will also incorporate parts of a 19th-Century U.S. Army fort that occupied the site on the north side of the Miami River. The land had been a parking lot for decades.

MDM has also agreed to allow preservation group HistoryMiami to operate a public museum on site. The developer will also build a public plaza east of its complex that will also feature artifacts from Henry Flagler’s Royal Palm Hotel, which also occupied the site and prompted the incorporation of the city.

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