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Anderson’s Corner was the only store around to purchase goods.

The years between 1910 and 1920 saw Dade County’s population quadruple in size. The landscape was quickly evolving from deserted wetland swamps to rows of fields as rudimentary roads and auspicious homesteaders found their way south. Draining the lowlands provided ample opportunities for agricultural endeavors and it was not long before extensive development was underway.

Because transportation between disparate settlements throughout the county was difficult, general stores provided a level of convenience to residents in outlaying areas, including many farmers. Anderson’s Corner is the last of these pioneer-era commercial properties still standing in Miami-Dade county.

William “Popp” Anderson came from Indiana in the early days of the twentieth century to join his friend and hunting companion Charles Grossman, the first settler in the area. Silver Palm was known for its extensive pinelands and plentiful game. Anderson soon established a homesteaded just east of his friend and just south of the Perrine land grant.

Anderson's Corner | Photo © 2015 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

For some time, Anderson operated a commissary car for the Drake Lumber Company, providing staples and necessities for workers in remote lumber camps. In 1911, he established the William Anderson General Merchandise Store which sold a myriad of items to residents and businesses. With living quarters on the second floor, Anderson’s Corner was strategically located across from the Silver Palm School at the intersection of two well-built roads. They sold a large selection of items to the nearby residents and businesses, though the only other options to purchase items was the town of Cutler Bay, some 15 miles away.

After serving as a general store until the 1930s, it was converted into apartments. Finally condemned in 1975, a reprieve was granted for rehabilitation. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1977, the site became a local historic site in October 1981 and rehabilitation of the structure was completed in 1985.

Sometime later, it became the Harvest House restaurant and was highly praised among the farming community in the area.

The building was heavily damaged in 1992, when Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Homestead as a Category-5 hurricane, leaving long-lasting effects throughout South Florida. Though there have been renovation efforts over the years, none have been successful and it remains vacant to this day.







19 Comments

  1. Lived about a block from there as kid. Loved going inside and running around the place as a kid. This was in the mid 60’s.

  2. if there not going to build it up why not just tear it down? why would it be a historical Landmark where no one can visit the place?

    • To tear down a historic structure, a permit needs to be approved from a board of preservationists first and most if not all get denied. It’s the reason why most of these structures sit like this, they wait until nature tears it down for them since it’s near impossible to an “go ahead” to demolish.

  3. then my next question is why dont they build it UP! then have tours? Its like an eye sore until someone gives it life by building it up

  4. I’m surprised it survived Andrew. This photo doesn’t give you a hint at how large this building actually is. Looked it up on Google maps. The cost to restore such a structure would be huge. Thanks for sharing.

  5. so when mother nature takes over and it becomes a hole in the ground then what? if its a historical Land mark why not build it up?

    • because it also costs alot of money to restore a historic landmark. You have to abide by the laws and rules given to you and use original materials, designs etc. A lot of owners don’t have the money to do that and no one wants to buy it so they let mother nature take it. Once it’s an empty lot, then they can sell the land. That’s how it works.

  6. How’d you manage to get in, that area is pretty public. I always wondered about that place though

  7. There was a restaurant operating there until August 24,1992 (hurricane Andrew). Unfortunately what you see now that remains is just the shell of the building. The interior is gutted and the floors have even been removed not even leaving the joists in some areas.

    It really is a shame that the building is so far gone and I’m afraid it will never be useable again without a huge grant.

    A shabby chain link fence has been erected to keep people out I surmise, but it’s the elements that are the real danger to this property.

    I wouldn’t want to see the building torn down, but I’ve never really seen the site treated nor given the respect it deserves either. At least when the restaurant had control of it, the building was being maintained and when it had a fresh coat of paint on it, she looked splendid from the street.

  8. Now its just an eyesore

  9. This is such a shame. If the owners are unable to fund the restoration, they should consider turning the place over to a government entity or selling it to an individual that can care for it.

  10. What a shame, my Great Uncle Bill and Aunt Millie Anderson ran the store after his father. (May they all RIP ) They sold the property when they retired sometime between 1979 – 81. Presently the property is privately owned. If the owner’s are not permitted to demolish the structure due to the historic declaration and it’s too expensive to restore. The only alternative would be to wait for an act of nature to do the demolition. Hopefully no one gets injured.

  11. This is what it looks like in the inside not really much to see tho

  12. I went to this place freshman year with my best friend who lived by here. almost 7 years ago. got in at night from underneath the building. I have footage and will need to find it. Definitely going to share!