Articles by Casey Piket

Exterior of U.S. Hotel in 1930s.

United States Hotel in Downtown Miami

Nearing its hundredth birthday, the U.S. Hotel stood as a lonely reminder of a past that is slowly disappearing in downtown Miami. It opened in November of 1918 and was razed in May of 2018. Its age and lack of…


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…