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About the Heritage Survey

In 1980, Miami Dade County conducted a survey of buildings built prior to 1940. Today, there are approximately 200,000 buildings built after 1940 that have not been evaluated for potential recognition.

This has resulted in the launch of a Heritage Survey to review of historically-relevant places and structures built from 1941 to 1981.

In the past, traditional surveys emphasized the architectural value of the building with less regard for other non-tangible cultural assets. This restricted the scope of the survey and resulted in a limited understanding of the historic and cultural resources that help define important elements of our heritage.

This survey will use a more comprehensive approach that encompasses the cultural and historic significance of our communities, in addition to assessing the architectural significance of local structures.

The first phase of the survey will involve two components:
  • Identify properties at least 40 years old that are at most risk due to their location in areas susceptible to development and gentrification, climate change risks and the shortage of affordable housing
  • Identify properties at least 40 years old associated with the specific cultural heritage of a given community

The survey involves historic research, community engagement and taking photos of buildings and sites in order to create a record of our community’s heritage.

Anyone who has lived in Miami-Dade County from 1941 to 1981 and remembers places and structures from our community is invited to share their memories.

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