Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photos of the day - unveiling of "Harry Troeger Way"

Wednesday. 5/20/2015 - Village officials, neighbors and the "Friends of Harry Troeger" gathered to honor Harry Troger with the unveiling of a street sign in his memory. 

Harry lived in his Palmetto Bay home for 60 years. He will be remembered by neighbors and friends as a pioneer who built his home by hand with timber and coral rock - and a demolition.  

The sign designates the street on which Mr. Troger built his home and lived.  See the Miami Herald article of November 21, 2014, by Melhor Marie Leonor, Friends of Harry wake up to find Troeger cabin reduced to ‘rubble’ for back story on this home and the preservation efforts of the "Friends of Harry."

Amy Creekmur, a member of Friends of Harry, recognized that “(Harry) was green before green architecture existed…..”

Harry Troeger was originally from South Bend, Indiana.  He moved to what is now incorporated as Palmetto Bay in 1949, paying $250, plus $35 in closing costs, to buy the 7,260-square- foot lot at 8940 SW 156th St. For nearly 60 years, Harry lived in the home, without electricity or running water, the only water drawn from a well via a pump he built himself.

Harry died in 2008 at age 92.

Read more, by clicking on an earlier story by the same Miami Herald source, originally posted Nov 11, 2014: Fight to save wooden cabin pits Walden vs. suburbia in Palmetto Bay. Note that this story also contains slide show photos of the home and its inhabitant, Harry Troeger.

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