Articles by Casey Piket

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…


Miami Floral Company at Warner family home.

The Warner House

When the Warner family arrived in Miami in 1906, the city’s population was a little more than two thousand people. Over the next five decades, the city earned its nickname by expanding so fast that its growth could only be…


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…