About Us

The nonprofit Colonial Florida Cultural Heritage Center complex is located on the campus of historic Corpus Christi Catholic Church in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami, Florida.

The Center’s mission is to acquire, preserve and make available to the public, today and in the future, the cultural and artistic patrimony of Florida. The Center’s focus is on times from the earliest Spanish Colonial influences throughout South, Central and North America and the Caribbean, through the 19th century and, in special situations, the early 20th century.

Currently, the Center is housed in two buildings: “La Casa,” home for administrative offices, exhibition space, meeting rooms, and an art restoration and preservation studio, and the “Chapel of Our Lady of La Merced,” home to a significant collection of Spanish Colonial art.

La Casa is available by appointment for research in its library and collection rooms, for meetings of community organizations, for tours of its many collections, and for a growing variety of cultural and artistic opportunities.

La Merced is available for private religious services such as weddings, for docent-led group viewing of its art, for concerts presented both by the Center and through a partnership with Concerts-in-Residence Martha/Mary Concerts (f/k/a Saint Martha Concerts), and for private docent tours arranged through the Center.

Beginning in Fall 2019, La Merced will be open to the public for docent-conducted viewing, on dates and times to be announced.