President Obama visited The Everglades this week for Earth Day bringing national attention to the impact of climate change on South Florida. In his speech, he announced that the Coconut Grove cottage of famed conservationist Marjory Stoneman Douglas would be designated a National Historic Landmark. Marjory Stoneman Douglas authored “The Everglades: River Of Grass” in 1937 which changed the way people viewed the Everglades. She was a relentless supporter of The Everglades and won several awards for her efforts.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ home is located at 3744-3754 Stewart Avenue in South Coconut Grove. It was built in 1924 and it is where she wrote all of her major books and stories. The house was designated historic by The City of Miami in 1995. It is currently in the care of the Florida Park Service, and a park ranger resides at the home to help maintain the structure and property.
I think it is great that historic homes such as hers still exist in Coconut Grove and haven’t been torn down. They are an essential part of our neighborhood’s history, character and charm.
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