The Coconut Grove waterfront is fortunate to have a rich history. Cultural icons line the waterfront including the former Pan American Terminal, Peacock Park, and The Barnacle Historic State Park (figures 7–10). In 1928, Pan Am operations were moved from Key West to Miami, and located at Dinner Key. Known as the “Air Gateway between the Americas,” the Pan Am Seaplane Base and Terminal Building at Dinner Key linked the United States with Latin America. The inaugural flight from Dinner Key to Panama took place on December 1, 1930, and the famous Pan Am “Clipper” Flying boats opened up major trade and passenger routes. With the arrival of the Pan Am Terminal, Miami became a hub of international air transportation, centered at the Coconut Grove waterfront.

The original Pan Am complex was designed to look like an airplane when viewed from above: Pan Am Drive and Circle were designed to be the body of the plane; the Terminal Building the cockpit, and the hanger buildings representing the wings. The Pan Am Seaplane Base and Terminal Building was constructed from 1931 to 1938 by Delano and Aldrich Architects. At the time of its construction, the Art Deco style building was regarded as the largest and most modern marine air terminal in the world. Deeded to the Navy in 1943, the complex saw its last seaplane depart in 1945. In 1954 the terminal building was adapted for use as the Miami City Hall, which continues to occupy the building today.

Beyond its celebrated aviation history, the Coconut Grove waterfront boasts myriad additional histories. The first hotel on the South Florida mainland was located in the heart of Coconut Grove. Later known as the Peacock Inn, the Bay View Inn was built in 1882 by English immigrants Isabella and Charles Peacock on the site of present-day Peacock Park. Also built in the late 1800s, the former home of Ralph Middleton Munroe is one of the oldest homes in Dade County and is situated on the shore of Biscayne Bay as part of The Barnacle Historic State Park. The forest surrounding the home is hardwood hammock and is the last of its kind in the area. The unique architecture includes period furniture and wide porches that afford
magnificent views.

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