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The Florida Architect
New Town Miami Lakes
MIAMI LAKES: How is a new town born?
rhT B Sometimes perhaps not often
The beginnings enough-a town grows up around
.a precise plan. When the plan
is good enough, far-reaching
E1 enough, injected with enough vi-
gor and money and skill, then its
f" product earns .the community
planners' title of new town.
The New Town of Miami Lakes
started out in the mid '40s with
an unusual combination of oppor-
tunity, motivation and a definite
........ idea of creating something new
in a modern, planned community.
-The Graham family faced a de-
Scision on what to do with some
of the extensive acreage the late
State Sen. Ernest R. Graham, had
picked up for a song in the 1 920s.
But Miami was booming. Houses
were springing up north and west.
Obviously, choice acreage in what
now is the big bend of the Pal-
metto Expressway was not going
to stay pastureland for long.
1A" 'By the early 1950s, an idea had
begun to take form. With 3,000
.4 acres of high, dry land right
smack at the point where Dade
and Broward counties were rush-
ing to meet, there just might be
a rare opportunity to build some-
thing that would avoid some of
the shortsightedness often de-
tected in other developments.
The first plan for a "dream town"
had everything a downtown
town center, landscaped residen-
tial areas, gracefully curved roads,
apartment and townhouse units,
recreation areas, golf courses and
water plenty of water.
Finger lakes, instead of rectan-
gular ones, were chosen after re-
jecting canals, with a number of
them dotting the community.
Thus came the name of the new
town: Miami Lakes. N
2 / THE FLORIDA ARCHITECT / September 1969
September 1969 / Volume 19 / Number 9
The Good Life
Single Living Units
The Industrial Park
Urban living is a 20th Century
fact of life. By 1975, says the
National Planning Association, 73
of every 100 Americans will be
living in metropolitan-area com-
munities. Miami Lakes develop-
ers are proving fkat a new urban
center can be carefully--and
successfully- planned for peo-
The editorial content in this issue
is devoted to the story of Miami
Lakes, a new town on the fringes
of a fast growing urban area. The
cover depicts four facets of com-
munity life: religion, work, play
THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Broward County Chapter
Donald I. Singer Joseph T. Romano
Daytona Beach Chapter
David A. Leete Carl Gerken
Florida Central Chapter
Jack McCandless-James R. Dry
I. Blount Wagner
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Edward J. Seibert- Frank Folsom Smith
Florida North Chapter
Charles F. Harrington-James D. McGinley, Jr.
Florida North Central Chapter
Mays Leroy Gray Forrest R. Coxen
Florida Northwest Chapter
Thomas H. Daniels- Richard L. MacNeil
Florida South Chapter
Robert J. Boerema- George F. Reed
Walter S. Klements
Albert L. Smith Herschel E. Shepard
Charles E. Patillo, III
Wythe David Sims, II Donald R. Hampton
Palm Beach Chapter
Howarth L. Lewis Rudolph M. Arsenicos
John B. Marion
Director, Florida Region, American
Institute of Architects
Hilliard T. Smith, Jr.
1123 Crestwood Blvd., Lake Worth
Executive Director, Florida Association of the
American Institute of Architects
Fotis N. Karousatos,
1000 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
H. Leslie Walker, President
706 Franklin St., Suite 1218
Tampa, Florida 33602
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Gainesville, Florida 32601
Charles E. Patillo, III
Russell J. Minardi
Wythe D. Sims, II
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MIAMI LAKES: The Good Life
E SIDEWALK BICYCLE PATHS
LAKES FOR SWIMMING AND FISHING
Too many people move to the
Sunshine State for recreation,
only to find crowded beaches,
crowded highways.and long lines
between them and just about
The lakes, with their sparkling
crystal waters, lure the swimmer
and sailor out of doors. The con-
venient location means more time
in the water and less time get-
ting to it.
The lakes are also for fishing.
Just stick a pole out of a town-
house kitchen and dinner is on
A lighted driving range and two
18-hole courses lure the golfer,
who can celebrate his score over
19th hole drinks in the elegant
Miami Lakes Country Club and
Inn, to which every Miami Lakes
resident automatically belongs.
The equestrian can stable his
beauty at the Miami Lakes Riding
Academy, which is all but in the
A common sight on the many
residential lakes is the sailboat,
parked at the lakeside backdoor
but not in the driveway. All boats,
unless in the water, must be kept
in the garage to preserve the
neighborhood appearance. Power
boat fans and water-skiing buffs
enjoy Lake Ruth, a large body of
water in northwest Miami Lakes.
MIAMI LAKES: The Plan
"The most beautifully planned
'New Town' in America," that is
the flattering sobriquet applied
to Miami Lakes and it aptly de-
scribes the New Town develop-
ment that merits the accolade
given it by professional urban
This current master plan is the
result of constant planning and
updating which will keep the ul-
timate development of Miami
Lakes concurrent with the latest
trends and concepts of planning
and environmental design.
Sengra Development Corp.
6 / THE FLORIDA ARCHITECT / September 1969
SHOPPING CENTER NOW IN THE PLANNING STAGES/
ARCHITECTS: DONN EMMONS, WAHL SNYDER, FAIA
Miami Lakes was planned very
carefully by Collins, Simonds &
Simonds for the finest in Florida
Working closely with the METRO
Parks Department, Planning and
School Boards, theNew Town de-
velopers, with painstaking thor-
oughness, evolved a master plan
for Miami Lakes.
The master plan, guiding the de-
velopment of the area, provides
for complete community facilities,
superb landscaping and varied
home styles, to create an esthe-
tically pleasing community that is
functional and practical. The plan
provides for a "New Town" in its
entirety with shopping cen-
ters, recreational areas and activ-
ities, single and multi family
structures, parks, lakes, church
and school sites and an industrial
park. All streets wind and turn
to avoid monotonous "grid" pat-
terns and for greater safety.
The development is progressing
in increments "Areas," which
are pre-planned subcommunities
and a part of the master plan,
have been built and landscaped-
each more beautiful than its pre-
Each area has its multi-fingered
lake, thereby giving residents pri-
vate moorings for their sailing
craft and sandy beach areas for
swimming, bathing and outdoor
THE FUTURE TOWN CENTER/
PLANNERS: COLLINS, SIMONDS & SIMONDS
THE NEXT APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT
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GMIAMI LAKES: Community Facilities
Facilities specifically designed to
create a community are one thing
CATHOLIC CHURCH/MURRAY BLAIR WRIGHT, AIA which sets a new town apart from
suburban sprawl. In Miami Lakes
these facilities are being built in
step with the master plan. One
shopping plaza is built and serv-
ing for small daily needs. Another
is in planning stages and will be
ready when population growth can
Several congregations have al-
ready built churches and sites are
set aside for others. The first
elementary school is being readi-
ed for occupancy soon and a new
senior high school is under con-
struction immediately outside the
town limits. In addition, co-oper-
ative planning with Dade County
Schools and Parks departments
,will see established the first real
'" "school-park" for joint use of
land for educational and recrea-
tional purposes. U
LAKE PATRICIA SHOPPING PLAZA/
ARCHITECTS: MARION MANLEY, FAIA; ROBERT M. LITTLE, FAIA
10 / THE FLORIDA ARCHITECT / September 1969
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On your knees, that is. And up to your elbows in grease and grime. Not a pleas-
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That's why one of today's most popular appliances is the electric range with
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Townhouses and villas, distinctive
architecture with distinctive com-
fort, are the newest addition to
the Miami Lakes dream of a well-
planned, total community.
Like a European village, the town-
houses and villas snuggle togeth-
er for secure and convenient liv-
ing, making the most of the land
while becoming part of the land-
Privacy is achieved through air-
conditioning, double walls be-
tween units and rear gardens
backing up on spacious lakes or
hidden behind attractive head-
high wooden fences.
The townhouses and the slightly
larger and more elegant villas
have many of the same extras
found in the Miami Lakes homes
construction, like walk-in closets,
master baths. Kitchens are com-
pact units with everything--dish-
washer, garbage disposal, washer-
dryer-close at hand. The count-
ers have an inlaid wooden cut-
Landscaping outside at least one
townhouse bedroom is the sug-
gestive greenery favored by the
East. Nature steps into the bed-
room just by pulling a drape.
And the lighted executive par-
three golf course is a next-door
VENETIAN VILLAS/ARCHITECT WAHL SNYDER, FAIA
Modern gas heating.
Fresh, clean, economical
heating. Old fashioned
comfort in a contempo-
Gas heating puts it all
together. Compact de-
sign. The dependability
of fewer moving parts.
And the lowest cost of
any method of heating.
Your local Gas Utility
representative has some
facts and figures that
will warm your heart.
He's in the Yellow Pages.
Winter Park, Florida
Single Unit Living
Instead of plunking down a home
in the middle of a grassy acre,
good mostly for exercising the
lawn mower, Miami Lakes puts
the acreage where it counts most
-into lakes and pocket parks for
both recreation and privacy.
Individual lots are spacious-they
are what a family can effectively
use, no useless stretch of sod on
which to pay additional taxes.
Floor plans for Miami Lakes
homes vary with a combination
available for every family size.
The excellence of design through-
out won the Good Housekeeping
Award three years in a row.
Miami Lakes homes are for liv-
ing, with family rooms off the
kitchen, sometimes separated by
a serivceable bar including handy
Houses range in price from about
$20,000 to $150,000, but what-
ever the price tag on the home,
the residents participate equally
in country club activities and the
several dozen service and special
interests clubs which have grown
with the town.
Throughout each home are the
touches of elegance and easy liv-
ing: walk-in closets, eye-level
ovens, dishwashers, linen closets.
All Miami Lakes homes have tile
roofs in order to maintain a uni-
formity of beauty and quality
through out the community. All
construction plans must be ap-
proved by the Architectural Con-
trol Committee-and no tempo-
rary structures, like tents or
trailers, are allowed at any time.
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Miami Lakes Industrial Park,
situated adjacent to the Miami
Lakes housing and golfing com-
plex, is situated on 510 acres
of land set aside for that use.
Paved streets, large off-street
parking areas and landscaped
grounds provide a setting for
modern buildings housing a vari-
ety of nationally and locally-
oriented manufacturers and dis-
Shielded from residential areas by
a terraced greenway, the indus-
trial park has been carefully plan-
ned and surveyed as a model de-
velopment for clean, light indus-
try that will complement the rest
of Miami Lakes at the same time
it offers employment to thou-
sands in Dade County.
The industrial park is taking
shape initially in a 17-acre "mo-
del block" that features complete
landscaping, underground wiring,
wide streets, 50-foot setbacks and
auxiliary roads to "hidden" park-
ing and loading areas.
The result is'an open, airy, tree-
shaded development that looks
more like a college campus than
a factory zone. W
MIAMI LAKES: The Industrial Park
COPYSTATICS/ARCHITECT: JAMES DEEN, AIA
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The Florida Association of The American Institute of
Architects 55th Annual Convention and
Building Products Exhibit / October 24, 25, 26, 27,
West End, Grand Bahama
HOW TO SHAPE MAN TO EARTH'S NEEDS
"How to Shape Man to Earth's Need is a theme both
splendid and challenging. Indeed, it is the singular
challenge of our time.
"This Man-Earth complexity is intimately inter-
related and even indivisible with the mind-body
internal complexity. When both these human eco-
logical factors are recognized by creative minds of
those who are, in some measure, the controllers
of Human Ecology, there is hope that technological
promise can be uncoupled from technological threat.
"The FAAIA is to be congratulated for choosing
such a theme; it should be of profound concern for
all architects and allied professional individuals of
awareness and creativity."
The above statement was written by Dr. S. P. R.
Charter in his letter of acceptance to our invitation
to speak before the FAAIA Annual Convention.
Alfred Browning Parker, FAIA
Robert B. Browne, AIA
Mark Hampton, FAIA
Dr. S. P. R. Charter is Editor-Publisher of MAN-ON-EARTH, 1
a periodical of writings on Human Ecology, and is a physicist
who has devoted himself since 1945 to the overall area of
For the past four years he has been visiting professor at San
Jose State College's School of Engineering in the course
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