Architectural Elements

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami, FL

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida, was constructed in a Mediterranean Renaissance style with colonnaded loggias on the first and second floor facing an interior courtyard. The open courtyard brought light and air into the surrounding rooms and provided a calm center to the structure. After Vizcaya became a museum and suffered damage in hurricane Andrew, the courtyard was enclosed with a heavy skylight. This was damaged in hurricane Wilma and a new skylight was designed and installed in 2012. The construction scaffolding provided the museum the opportunity to address some historic architectural features that could not be reached otherwise.

We, worked with Rosa Lowinger Associates to treat the historic materials affected by the work. Copper gutters and downspouts were cleaned and new copper patinated to match the historic. The coral stone and cast stone columns, copings and railings that surround the courtyard were cleaned. Work was completed on time and in budget on a highly accelerated schedule.