Watson Hotel from Bayfront Park in 1926.

Miami Colonial Hotel

Only a few of the buildings constructed during the great boom of the 1920s remain as part of today’s skyline. In addition to a court house, several office buildings and a theater, the boom provided three iconic hotels along Biscayne…



Collins Bridge in 1912

Work Began on Collins Bridge in 1912

On July 22, 1912, work began on the Collins bridge to connect Miami to the future Miami Beach. John Collins used material extracted while digging the Collins Canal as fill for the roadbed. However, several obstacles slowed the project to…


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Future location of Olympia Theater in 1904.

Olympia Theater Property in 1904

The center of the photograph features the intersection of SE Second Avenue and Flagler Street in 1904. At the time the picture was taken, the corner was referred to as Avenue B and Twelfth Street. The name of the street…