The Stirrup House is truly “a treasure” for Coconut Grove in that is one of the original homes of a very well-known resident Mr. E.W.F. Stirrup who was a prominent land owner here in Village West. The CDC has been instrumental in seeking the historical preservation of this property and hope to assist in the restoration for future use, i.e. bed & breakfast, restaurant, tour site, etc.
The Coconut Grove Playhouse has long been a landmark here in Coconut Grove. Many prominent actors, singers, dancers, musicians, etc. have performed and showcased their talents at this site. The CDC is supportive of the collaboration of local and state officials who are working towards revitalizing and reopening the Playhouse. We are committed to reprising its function as a vibrant artistic venue for the local community as well as visitor’s point of interest.
The designation of Charles Avenue and its designation as a “historical corridor” has been achieved through the interest and instrumental involvement of the CDC. Strategic and informative meetings were held primarily with the Charles Avenue residents along with other community members for valuable feedback about lifelong stories, their works, education, churches, etc. This valuable information supported the credibility of Charles Avenue historic preservation and its designation.
Coconut Grove Village West is a neighborhood with a rich history that is ripe to be explored by the many tourists who visit South Florida each year. In an effort to showcase the distinct narrative of the neighborhood, eleven sites have been identified as points of interest for a Black Heritage Tour. Read more