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1947 - Housing development by Marjohn Company, owned by Maurice R. (M. R.) Harrison

1947 - Housing development by Marjohn Company, owned by Maurice R. (M. R.) Harrison

Southwest Dade County, Florida

A 46 unit housing development by Marjohn Company, owned by Maurice R. Harrison of 285 W. 9th Street, Hialeah, in Blocks 24, 26, 29, 30, 33, 35 and 39 of Central Miami, Part 2. In English, that means between SW 37th to 40th Streets between SW 62nd Court to 67th Avenue.

Maurice Rowlen "Moe" Harrison, Jr., passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2007 at the age of 89. He had fallen two weeks previous suffering a fatal head injury. Moe Jr. was in the first graduating class of the Cusman School and joined his family's construction business. They built assault boats during World War II, and prefab homes for the British that were shipped in boxes overseas. The company went back to the clearing and construction of Biscayne Boulevard in the late 20's. Over time the company built numerous large buildings in Dade County, including numerous buildings at the University of Miami, the Sears Tower, Versailles Plaza on Miami Beach, the Bal Harbour Shops in 1963, the Mutual of Omaha building on Brickell Avenue, other Brickell Avenue highrises, etc. The construction company was dissolved in 1990 but M. R. Harrison Crane Service still exists. Moe Jr. is survived by Mae, his wife of 65 years and three sons.

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David 22-Sep-2014 00:01
I too recognize these homes and financed by the builder himself. My mom and dad purchased theirs in about 1955/6 at 125 SE 9th Avenue, Hialeah, Fl (near 54th Street Miami) while my brother, ex WWII Navy lived at 525. I had to take the bus to finish my high school at Miami Technical High School also Lindsay Hopkins Vocational School that even took foreign student from the Bahamas, etc. The top floor/s was a hotel (Hotel Management). You show the school on the 10th street photo. Bravo!
kinseeker26-Apr-2010 21:56
These were known as GI Houses. They were built to sell to returning GIs and were guaranteed approval for VA loans. When I went to Edison in the 1960s with Mike Harrison son of Moe Jr. my dad would tell me that Mikes dad built all those cracker box houses in Hialeah after the war. If you included the carport and porch they were about 1200 to 1300 sq feet.
Ray26-Oct-2007 03:09
Dusty, I had to look up your old house. Paid $6000? It was all the way up to $32k in 1974. Was that when you sold it? Worth over 1/4 Million now. Must be the art value you added ;)

Summary Details:Folio No.: 04-3117-006-0250
Property: 611 E 7 ST
Mailing Address: ZOILA GARCIA

Property Information:Primary Zone: 0100 SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE
Beds/Baths: 2/1
Floors: 1
Living Units: 1
Adj Sq Footage: 1,361
Lot Size: 8,367 SQ FT
Year Built: 1948
Legal Description: MARJOHN PARK PB 47-97 LOT 1 BLK 3 LOT SIZE 83.67 X 100 74R-46468
Sale Information:Sale O/R: 000000000
Sale Date: 2/1974
Sale Amount: $32,000
Assessment Information:Year: 2007 2006
Land Value: $154,692 $116,198
Building Value: $112,376 $99,625
Market Value: $267,068 $215,823
Assessed Value: $78,435 $76,522
Homestead Exemption: $25,000 $25,000
Widow Exemption: $500 $500
Total Exemptions: $25,500 $25,500
Taxable Value: $52,935 $51,022
Senior Exemption: $50,000 $25,000
Senior Taxable Value: $2,935 $26,022
Dusty Sherlock Cambra 31-Jul-2007 21:23
These houses were also built in what was known as "Northeast Hialeah". I grew up in one built at 611 E 7th Avenue. They were between 9th street (62nd st miami) and went south to about 4th street, just north of Hialeah Drive. The house was built in 1947 by the Marjohn Co and I think my parents paid about $6,000.00 for it new. It was wood frame with 2 bedrooms & 1 bath, carport and hardwood floors. It was identical to the house below and there still standing in old East Hialeah. There was a crawl space under the house and we used to play under it when I was a kid. I'll bet my crayon markings and still on the foundation under the house. Thanks for the memories. Dusty Sherlock Cambra
Guest 18-Jun-2007 02:49
Wow, this is where I live. We live on 64th Ave and SW 38 St. Our house was built in 1949 but I bet a few of these houses are still around. I'm going to look and see if any are left.