Articles by Casey Piket

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…


Halcyon Hall Hotel in 1906

Halcyon Hall Hotel

The Halcyon Hall Hotel was as much of a Miami pioneer as the men who built it and the people who called it home. It was built at a time when Miami was trying to find its identity. It provided…


La Casa Reposada in 1955.

La Casa Reposada

On the west side of historic South Miami Avenue was a large vacant lot that many locals found very intriguing. The property was part of the Holleman Park subdivision of the Brickell neighborhood. The address was 2100 South Miami Avenue…


Security Building on NE First Avenue

Security Building in Downtown Miami

Since its opening, the Security Building has seen more than its share of change. While the building’s name and tenants have turned over often through the years, its architecture and history remind us of a special time in Miami’s past….


Romer picture of Park Central Lobby in 1939

Romer’s Changing Face of Miami

Gleason Waite Romer understood his place in history. When he moved to Miami in 1925, he knew he arrived at a special place during an important time. The Miami that he found was interesting and rapidly evolving. Romer wanted to…