Remembering Miami Pioneer Kathryn Highleyman

Portrait of Katherine Highleyman

Portrait of Katherine Highleyman

On February 20, 1979, pioneer Kathryn Highleyman died at the age of 97. She was the wife of Locke T. Highleyman, who developed the Point View subdivision in Brickell, as well as, Hibiscus and Palm Islands.

Kathryn was considered a cultural leader from the time of her arrival to Miami in 1903. She was the oldest living member of the Miami Pioneers Club at the time of her death.

Kathryn, who studied in Paris, maintained an interest in the arts throughout her life. She was very active in a number of organizations including: the Opera Guild, Greater Miami Symphony Orchestra, Lowe Art Gallery, Fairchild Gardens, Florida Historical Society of South Florida and the Audubon Society of South Florida.

Until the Chaille Plan, which named the streets in Miami based on a grid system, was enacted in 1920, SE 14th Street in the Brickell neighborhood was once named Kathryn Street. Locke Highleyman named the street in his wife’s honor while developing Point View.

She was survived by her daughter, Tiffin Shenstone, and her son Daly Highleyman. Daly passed away on December 31, 1990.

Sanborn Map of Point View in 1918.

Sanborn Map of Point View in 1918.

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Read more information about Point View Subdivision in Brickell on the Miami-History Blog.


  • Cover: The Highleymans on Kathryn Street in Brickell in 1913.
  • Figure 1: Portrait of Kathryn Highleyman.
  • Figure 2: Sanborn Map of Point View in 1918.