Vizcaya Museum And Gardens $2 Million Skylight Complete
Tuesday (October 16th, 2012) is the unveiling of a two million dollar upgrade to the skylight at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Museum officials says it's the largest construction project since 1914 at the home once owned by industrialist James Deering. Vizcaya had the same problems as any run-of-the-mill home that's almost 100 years old It's skylight had gotten a little shabby. It was leaking, in disrepair and not even up to hurricane code. The new glass and steel courtyard cover no longer blocks the view of Biscayne Bay, and can now capture rainwater to be used for irrigation. Vizcaya officials worked with architecture professors from the University of Miami and Florida International University to find the right firm for the job. Money for the project came from FEMA grant and matching funds from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond. Museum officials say Vizcaya will be ready for her close-up at Tuesday afternoon's unveiling.