The Historic Hampton House Journal- Historically Speaking Highlights
September 29 , 2010
In the Beginning
Monday, November 19, 2001-Kathy Hersh brought three videos to the monthly meeting of the African American Committee of Dade Heritage Trust which was held at Jefferson Reaves Park, 3090 N. W. 50th Street. The title of one of the videos was “Torch of Friendship,” featuring a tourist promotional of the Hampton House Motel/Villas located at 4230 N. W. 27th Avenue. Miami, Florida. After showing the videos, Ms Hersh explained that she had recently learned of its historic significance and asked if the African American Committee would consider sponsoring the historic designation of the Hampton House Motel. After much discussion, a unanimous vote was taken for the group to sponsor historic designation and begin efforts for the purchase of the Hampton House Motel. Minister Donald Irving was named chair of the Committee.
Monday, December 3, 2001- A “Save the Hampton House Project” Committee meeting was held at the residence of Frank and Enid Pinkney. Several other meetings were held at the Pinkney’s residence.
December 6, 2001-Minister Donald Irving received a telephone call from Luis Penelas. He stated that demolition of the Hampton House is pending and could take place within two weeks. He suggested that the organization write a letter to Ricardo Roig, Manager, Miami Dade County/Building Department, Unsafe Structures (West Unit), 7757 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33144, Jemenee Semungal, Contact Specialist. Demolition order #200006376u (Hampton House.)
December 10, 2001-Albert Harum-Alverez, of the Urban Environment League did a Media Alert Release announcing the “Save the Hampton House” Press Conference for December 17, 2001, 12:00 Noon at the Hampton House Motel.
December 17, 2001-Save the Hampton House Press Conference. In the presence of the media, community leaders, government officials, including Commissioners Barbara Carey Shuler, Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson, and State Representative Dorothy Bendross Mendigall , Mayor Alex Penelas said that the Hampton House must be saved, and he made possible a “Stay of Demolition.”
January 16, 2001- The African American Committee of Dade Heritage Trust appeared before the Miami-Dade Historic Preservation Board to petition that the Hampton House Motel become a historic sight. After the presentation a 7-0 vote was taken by the Historic Preservation Board approving a motion to instruct staff to prepare a draft designation report for the Hampton House Motel. The Hampton House Motel is historically significant because it was an elegant place where black entertainers could find a place of respite after working on Miami Beach where they could not stay. Martin Luther King said his “I have a Dream Speech” at the Hampton House before saying it in Washington, D. C. Muhammad Ali had his victory Party at the Hampton House when he beat Sonny Liston. Malcolm x proselytized Muhammad Ali to the Muslim faith. Jackie Robinson, Althea Gibson, Sammie Davis, Jr. and many other notable could frequently be seen at the Hampton House. The Monthly meetings of CORE, the Congress for Racial Equality were held at the Hampton House to plan strategies to desegregate Miami. The Hampton House was a place for the best in jazz and food. It bridged the walls of segregation because both whites and blacks enjoyed the music without restrictions to race or color although segregation was the law of the land.
March 4, 2002-The beginning of several organizational meetings to form a separate Florida State Corporation for the Hampton House Motel Project. The new corporation will be named the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc.
April 17, 2002-The Miami Dade Historic Preservation Board granted Local Historic Designation to the Historic Hampton House motel.
May 13, 2002- The Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc. became incorporated by the State of Florida.
February, 2004- The Internal Revenue Department granted the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc. 501©(3) status.
September 2004- Office of Community and Economic Development purchased the Historic Hampton House Motel for $450,000.00 at the request of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc.
2004- The Hampton House Community Trust, Inc.’s application was accepted by the Miami-Dade’s General Obligation Bond Program for $4.7M.
June 2006-Government Obligation Bond funds are allocated to the Historic Hampton House Project.
June 2007-Miami-Dade executed Professional Services Agreement with Gurri-Matute, architect
December 18, 2008-Final Design Development Submittal of Restoration plans to Miami-Dade Historic Preservation Office and State of Florida Preservation Office completed
January 16, 2009- Bid Opening Stabilization phase completed.
November 2009-Completion of stabilization phase.
September 15, 2010-Plans are being permitted by the Miami- Dade Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department, process number C2010140415.
Written by Enid C. Pinkney