Paul George | Resident Historian at History Miami Museum
Paul S. George is the Resident Historian at History Miami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in downtown Miami. A native Miamian and former college professor, Dr. George has taught at several universities and colleges. Dr. George has authored seventeen books, hundreds of articles, book reviews, columns, and much more that has never even been published. He has served as President of the Florida Historical Society, Vice Chairman of the City of Miami’s Heritage Conservation Board (1984-1987), Director of the Historic Broward County Preservation Board, President of the Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive, and currently serves as a member of Metro Dade County’s Preservation Board (1997-present).
Since 2011, he has written a monthly photo essay column for Biscayne Times, it is a columnist for Miami Community Newspapers since 2019, and is currently the editor of Tequesta, the scholarly journal of HistoryMiami Museum. Dr. George has curated several historical exhibits at HistoryMiami Museum (formerly known as Historical Association of Southern Florida), and at the Jewish Museum of Florida. He conducts a wide variety of more than thirty history tours of Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties. His Crime tour and boat tour along the waters of Key Biscayne and Stiltsville were feted by Miami New Times, as the “Best Tours” in recent years. In 2019, Dr. George was recognized as the Tourism Professional of the Year by the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism and as the year’s Community Champion by Calle Ocho News. The Coral Gables Community Foundation awarded him the Education Award that same year. In 2020, he was featured as The Achiever in Miami Today. Dr. George is a member of the Archbishop Curley/Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame.
As if all the above credentials were not enough, we are featuring him today, not only because of his experience and knowledge but also because of a piece he did on one of my listings located at 1729 SW 12 St in South Shenandoah. He discusses many known historic areas that are nearby as well. He points out that on the same block as 1729 SW 12th St, there is another home that comes up under records as being built prior to this one, so it wasn’t the first home built on the block. Paul goes on to express how the idea on homes in the area are as undeveloped farm land in the 1920s due to one being diverse in styles, an English Country style home and another being a Cape Cod Cottage style. The homes within the same area are of different styles but this particular subject home has a Mediterranean architecture of which makes this home so treasured. The details in this home are the barrel tiles, tectured stucco… and he points out the fireplace and hard wood floors that are so unique. He describes it as a “throwback to a fabulous period of the boom in the 1920s”. This home is closely connected to many main areas like Coral Way and 8st, making it a great neighborhood for walking. Throughout the years, there has always been a diverse of many cultural sans till today there has been found to still be a mix of Hispanics with homeownership primarily being within the Cubans. The uniqueness of this area has brought up the value and it is known today as an area for the wealthy. It’s most definitely an area where people want to live!
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