HISTORY OF SPRING GARDEN:
About 2000 years ago Tequesta Indians camped around Spring Garden. In 1919 the subdivision was formally established, and in 1997, Spring Garden was designated as an official Historic District in the City of Miami. It is considered the second oldest neighborhood in Miami, and is a reflection of the City’s early 20th Century growth. It has been home to a number of distinguished Miamians, including Marjory Stoneman Douglas and tennis legend, Gardnar Mulloy; among others.
Today, Spring Garden is one of the only remaining single family neighborhoods in downtown Miami. The Miami River continues to define Spring Garden. Early settlers would swim and fish in the river. Now it is filled with cargo ships and fishing, tug and pleasure boats. The flow of traffic up and down the 5.5 mile river is ever moving and ever a source of continued awe and excitement. The river is also under-going redevelopment with new river walks, commercial marine development, restaurants, residential communities and hotels. The density is increasing along the river but Spring Garden remains a little emerald hamlet with under 200 single family homes. The Brillhart House respectfully takes a place alongside the earlier architecturally significant homes of the neighborhood.