Articles by Casey Piket

South Winds Motor Hotel on March 29, 1951

South Winds Hotel on Brickell

The years following the end of World War II brought a lot of change to the Brickell neighborhood. One of the trends that began in the mid-1940s, and continued into the 1950s, was the construction of motor lodge style hotels…


Looking Southeast from SW 10th Street & South Miami Avenue

Martina Apartments in Brickell

Long before Flatiron Miami was conceived along South Miami Avenue in the Brickell neighborhood, there was the Martina Apartments. When the building was completed in 1922, it was considered one of the largest apartment buildings in South Florida and provided…


Captain Vail Floating Hotel in March of 1896.

Captain Vails Floating Hotel

Captain Edward E. Vail was more than just a Miami pioneer. His experiences on the sea and as an entrepreneur provided him with several lifetimes of fascinating stories. He was considered one of the more interesting raconteurs in early Miami….


Halcyon Arcade on Flagler Street in 1935.

Halcyon Arcade on Flagler in 1935

The cover photo for this article is a street level view of the Halcyon Arcade #4 from Flagler Street in 1935. During the period that Thomas Peters owned the hotel and land around it (1914-1921), he built several arcades to…


Rivera Apartments in 1950s.

Rivera Apartments on Brickell Avenue

On land that was once part of Carl Fisher’s Miami property, there was a beautiful apartment building that stood on the east side of Brickell Avenue between Twelfth Terrace and Thirteenth Street. The property at 1299 Brickell Avenue was built…