Junior League of Miami’s 2018 Showhouse to Transform Historic Deering Estate with the Help of Renowned Designers

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Design Event Will Take Place April 14-29, 2018

CORAL GABLES, FL (February 2018) – The Junior League of Miami has partnered with the Deering Estate Foundation to host its 2018 Miami Showhouse at the historic Deering Estate, which spans more than 450 acres along Biscayne Bay in Palmetto Bay, Fla. The biennial event, which took a 30-year hiatus until 2016, is hosted by the Junior League of Miami to increase awareness and financial capability for the 91-year-old nonprofit organization to continue its work helping at-risk families in Miami.

The highly anticipated design event will inspire dozens of the most sought-after interior designers to temporarily transform interior and exterior spaces in the former home of industrial magnate Charles Deering. From April 14 to 29, the public will have the unique opportunity to explore the residence reinterpreted with modern touches in an estate dating back to 1916.

“We are truly honored that the Junior League of Miami selected our location for its 2018 Miami Showhouse,” said Jennifer Tisthammer, Director of the Deering Estate. “There is excitement and collaboration already afoot between the two organizations as we jointly work within historic preservation standards and the creative perspectives that the designer process brings. Many members of the League are also part of the 100 Ladies of Deering, working on our historic refurnishing plan. This will be a turning point for us as we reach new audiences and activate spaces in the historic homes – such as a gift shop and café – through the 2018 Miami Showhouse experience.”

The 2016 Miami Showhouse took place at The Kampong, a nine-acre national historic landmark that is one of five tropical gardens and three preserves of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Between ticket sales and corporate sponsorships, the event drew in nearly $350,000.

“Designer showhouses of this magnitude are traditionally organized by employees of the nonprofit organization that benefits from the fundraiser. However, the Junior League of Miami is a nonprofit comprised completely of volunteers, nearly 1,000 women in total,” said Gabrielle O’Quinn, Chair of the 2018 Miami Showhouse along with Rosemary Hartigan. “This event’s success highlights the passion of our members, our commitment to the community and the projects we serve in Miami.”

The Deering Estate Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic arm of the Deering Estate, has committed to spending $25,000 on furnishings, lighting and other unique décor to remain in the designer spaces after the Showhouse ends.

“This event gives us the opportunity to bring together what’s best in our community: the majestic architecture of the Deering Estate combined with world-renowned design ideas, and the invaluable support of our volunteers, to advance charitable work and empower women, children, and families across our city,” said Helen Picard, 2017-2018 President of the Junior League of Miami. “I had the privilege of co-chairing the successful 2016 Miami Showhouse, and I know that the 2018 Showhouse will be an even bigger success.”

About the Junior League of Miami

The Junior League of Miami, founded in 1926, is an organization of approximately 1,000 women sharing a common vision to empower Miami’s women, children, and families to conquer tomorrow’s challenges and to build a united community. The mission of the Junior League of Miami is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League concentrates its resources to make a significant impact on our community. This year, in addition to providing $150,000 in direct funding, another $600,000 in volunteer hours will be dedicated to the community for projects that address families at risk. For more information, visit www.jlmiami.org.

About the Deering Estate

The Deering Estate, a 450-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site, is a Miami-Dade County Park located in Palmetto Bay, Florida. The Deering Estate hosts five historic structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places constructed between 1896 and 1922, including the Neoclassical Richmond Cottage and the Mediterranean Revival Stone House. The Estate is a cultural and educational facility that features exhibits, classes, and programs for children and adults, teacher training, and research opportunities. Discover More history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate.


Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Parks sponsored program or meeting, contact Mary Palacios, 305-755-7848 or Mary.Palacios@miamidade.gov  at least 7 days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).