Florida International University (FIU) has partnered with the City of Coral Gables to create a geospatially-enabled Virtual Historic City. With this tool, users may navigate to any point in the city at a selected time period (e.g. the Biltmore Hotel from the 1920s to 1940s), and experience the city as it was, through a wide variety of cultural artifacts and textual materials. A virtual walking tour of Coral Gables was also created, which includes an audio narration and 3D simulations providing the facade of historic buildings and landscape.
The target audience includes students, educators, historians, public policy administrators, business people, entrepreneurs, architects, sociologists, environmental analysts, urban planners, cultural heritage tourism, and the general public.
The digital archive hosts digitized and rectified maps, architectural drawings, property parcels, and aerial photographs. Currently, over 10,000 historical documents, photographs, oral histories, and maps have been spatially registered to their relevant locations and time.
FIU would like users to make productive use of materials found on this site, particularly for non-profit educational purposes.
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Some of the resources you find in the Coral Gables digital collection may be copyright protected. You may use all or part of a copyrighted work only if you have the copyright owner's permission or your use falls under a legal exemption. It is the user’s responsibility to ensure their use does not violate any third party’s rights. Check the documents you are viewing for appropriate statements indicating copyright ownership and what the person or entity holding those rights is asserting.
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