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Success F l a shback A MONUMENT RAISED A special treat selected solely for devoted history buffs, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (pictured in 1915, a scant year after initial construction) is a nearly unparalleled effort this far south of the Mason-Dixon on the parts of Chicago Industrial Executive & Antiquarian James Deering, Project Director Paul Chalfin, Architect F. Burrall Hoffman and Garden Designer Diego Suarez. This herculean hunk of edificial haute couture is notable not only for its almost over-embellished elegance but for a Mediterranean mystique that has inflected the taste and tone of Miami architecture for over a century. Sitting on what was once a thick span of mangroves and dense tropical forestry, the winter residence occupied by Deering from 1916-1925 is now host to a fittingly diverse number of artistic and cultural programs, ranging from installations, special events, family-friendly experiences and educational adventures. This is one mainstay landmark not even Irma could faze; — RYAN JARRELL Before: Courtesy of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens After: Courtesy of Natasha Salehi 44