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A revival: Morningside Historic Home Tour to be held Sunday

One of the classic houses on the 2016 Morningside Historic Home Tour.
One of the classic houses on the 2016 Morningside Historic Home Tour.

The 27th Morningside Historic Home Tour takes place noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and one of the attractions this year is a 1949 house with futuristic appeal.

A home neighbors call the “Jetsons House,” which has never before been open to the public, will be on this year’s home tour, according to Morningside resident Dan Vazquez.

The futuristic home on Northeast Fifth Avenue and 52nd Terrace was designed and built in 1949 by Rufus Nims, a celebrated modernist architect.

Morningside, in Miami’s Upper Eastside corridor, was the first city neighborhood declared a historic district. For years, proud residents opened their homes for annual tours, and many have fallen in love with the rich architectural history that has been preserved.

Some have actually moved to Morningside after taking the walking tour. Vazquez, originally of California, took a tour in 1996 and soon after moved to Morningside. Today, Vazquez still lives in the district and serves as the producer and chairman for the 2016 Morningside Historic Home Tour.

“I fell in love with the uniqueness of the area, the tree canopies, the beautiful architecture, and that was the closest thing I had to California. I wanted to live there,” he said. “Fast-forward to 2001, I bought my house.”

Because of problems with the economy, the last major Morningside home tour was in 2014.

Neighbors recently decided the time was right to bring back the tour.

For the first time, the tour will also include “Flavors of Morningside” with food trucks and “Art of Morningside” featuring exhibits for guests to enjoy. The trucks and exhibits will be located at Northeast 57th Street and Sixth Avenue.

Morningside architecture dates back to the early 20th century in the northern blocks of the neighborhood. That section was declared historic in 1984. In 1992, the U.S. department of the Interior added “The Bay Shore Historic District” to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the Morningside website.

Most homes in the neighborhood’s south side were built in the 1950s and later. The “Jetsons House” at Northeast 52nd Terrace is not officially in the historic district.

The Scott House, one of the other homes on the tour, was designed by Marion Manley, one of the first female architects in Miami. Some of Manley’s family members will be at this Sunday’s tour.

“There’s nothing like Morningside,” Vazquez said. “We want to welcome everyone to Morningside to step in the history of our homes.”

If you go

What: 27th Morningside Historic Home Tour.

Where: Parking available at Boulevard 57 Sales Gallery, 5700 Biscayne Blvd. Free trolley service to Morningside available.

When: Noon to 5 p.m., April 17, rain or shine.

Cost: Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 day of event. Tickets available at morningsidehometour.com/tickets.

More information: Visit morningsidehometour.com or call 305-401-4858.

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