Articles by Casey Piket

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…


Aerial of downtown Miami in 1921

Aerial of Flagler Street in 1921

The aerial photo of downtown Miami in 1921 provides a glimpse of what the area looked like on the eve of the great building boom of the mid-1920s. The photo was taken prior to the construction of most of the…


WTVJ Cameraman in 1949

WTVJ Eventful First Year in 1949

When there was a contraption added to the top of the Everglades Hotel in December of 1948, observant Miami residents were left wondering what it represented. The most common speculation was that the mooring for the Goodyear blimp was going…