Articles by Casey Piket

Aerial of Elser Pier in 1917.

Elser Pier in Downtown Miami

Throughout its more than one hundred twenty-year history, Miami has had its share of attractions. In the second decade of the twentieth century, there was no bigger attraction than Elser Pier. It became the reason civic and industry organizations chose…


Front of Comfort Lodge in 1930s.

Comfort Lodge on Brickell Avenue

Through the looking glass of Miami’s Millionaire Row stood an array of mansions occupied by the wealthy families that once called Brickell Avenue home. Some of them created their wealth in the growing City of Miami after incorporation, and others…


Hive Brickell at Nolan House in 2018.

Nolan Mansion on Brickell Avenue

When the Nolans moved into their new mansion in the Spring of 1926, it seemed they were moving to the to the edge of civilization. The land around Brickell Avenue was still mostly piney woods and Fifteenth Road was the…


Johnson Apartment Hotel

Johnson Apartments in Downtown Miami

When James Johnson moved his family from Philadelphia to Miami in 1915, he quickly realized that his new city was ripe with opportunity. Miami couldn’t construct apartment buildings and hotels fast enough to keep up with the demand in the…


Dr. King at SCL Conference in Four Ambassadors in 1968.

MLK Leads Conference in Brickell in 1968

Martin Luther King Jr. opened a series of meetings at the Sheraton Four Ambassadors for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), on Monday, February 19, 1968. The conference lasted five days and featured lunch meetings, seminars, workshops and a series…