Miami’s Oldest House Slated for Repairs After Irma

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The oldest known home in Miami, which was damaged by Hurricane Irma last year, is slated for repairs, reports the Miami Herald. A local trust has received public and private funds to repair the rustic Wagner Homestead frontier home and several other historic buildings damaged by the storm.

Home from 1855 sustains roof damage

The house, built with hand-hewn lumber by William Wagner in 1855, is said to be, by far, the oldest known house in Miami-Dade County. Wagner was one of Miami’s first permanent residents, working as a provisions supplier for Fort Dallas, an early military installation on the Miami River. The home’s original location was on a plot at the nearby Wagner Creek, but the home was moved to Lummus Park in 1979, by the Dade Heritage Trust (DHT).

The article reports how Hurricane Irma managed to strip off roof shingles and blow out historic double-hung, rope-and-pulley sash windows. The article reports that DHT secured a $150,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to give the Wagner home a new shake-shingle roof and other custom carpentry repairs.

Grants will repair and improve historic structures

Another part of the grant will reportedly be used to repair the DHT headquarters, located in city’s oldest doctor’s office, a 113-year-old wooden bungalow in Brickell, Miami’s downtown financial district. The doctor’s office was originally owned by Dr. James Jackson, the namesake of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Officials say the repairs will be an opportunity to shore up the historic buildings against future storms. New electrical and AC systems are planned that are resistant to saltwater damage, and secure attic storage is planned to store documents and historic materials. The building will also get its first set of storm shutters.

Posted on: Thursday, February 8, 2018