Letters to the Editor

Historic landmarks

Glad to read the Feb. 10 article Icons of an age, about the Vagabond Motel and Mai-Kai Restaurant being placed onto the National Register of Historic Places.

The state announced last October another local addition to the Register: the Doc Thomas House, home of Tropical Audubon Society.

The house, built for Arden Hayes “Doc” Thomas in the early 1930s, is a unique, wood frame vernacular using native Florida woods and limestone. Doc Thomas willed the house and surrounding property to Tropical Audubon upon his death, which occurred New Year’s Eve, 1975.

In addition, Tropical Audubon Society is celebrating the centennial of its direct antecedent, the first local Audubon society, founded in 1915 in Coconut Grove.

Daniel C. Jones, Miami

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