Articles by Paul S. George

Morningside Park

Miami’s Morningside Neighborhood – Part 2 of 2

With the demise of the great real estate Boom of the mid-1920s, and the destructiveness of a hurricane following closely on its heels in 1926, Miami fell into an economic depression three years before the rest of the nation. While…

Street in Morningside Neighborhood

Miami’s Morningside Neighborhood – Part 1 of 2

Standing between Biscayne Bay and points west of Biscayne Boulevard from Northeast Fifty-Fifth Street to Sixtieth Street, the northern portion of the Morningside neighborhood is a textbook example of a neighborhood exhibiting resilience. During the 1960s and 70s, while residents…

Saints Peter & Paul Church

Saints Peter & Paul Church in the Roads Neighborhood

With its Romanesque flourishes, grey brick walls, and Celtic cross rising above a picturesque bell tower, Saints Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church appears to be a structure out of time and place.  The eclectic neighborhood hosting it lies just…

Gesu Church in 1940s

Gesu Church in Miami – Part 2 of 2

In the first installment of this history of Miami’s Gesu Catholic Church, we noted that the first Masses celebrated in Miami at the time of its incorporation in 1896 were in the home of Joseph A. McDonald and John B….

Wagner Home in Lummus Park

Gesu Church in Miami – Part 1 of 2

The oldest institution in the greater Miami area centers on religion, specifically the Roman Catholic faith, which traces its beginnings here to a Spanish Jesuit mission on the Miami River in 1567, followed by additional missions in 1568 and 1743. …