Articles by Casey Piket

Hotel Urmey veranda with rocking chairs in 1934

Hotel Urmey in Downtown Miami

Hotel Urmey had a good run. It was built by a Miami pioneer in 1917.  William Urmey managed one of the early Miami establishments before building his dream hostelry. His vision was to build an elegant building that would replace…


Postcard of Brickell Bay Drive in 1950s

Brickell Bay Drive in 1950s

Brickell Bay Drive is one of the many busy roads within the Brickell neighborhood. It is lined with high rises and construction cranes. It is also congested with automobile and pedestrian traffic on most days. The cover photo is a…


Bulmer Apartments

The Bulmer Apartments

Although they grew up under the same roof and shared the same last name, William II and Charles Brickell were very different people. Charles was considered a well-dressed gentleman and liked to socialize with Miami’s upper class. On the other…


Brickell Apartments in 1956

The Brickell Apartments

In January of 1871, William Brickell set off from New York with Ephraim Sturtevant and two hired carpenters to the banks of the Miami River. He traveled with enough timber and building materials to construct two homes. Due to a…


Welcome Arch Entrance in 1911

The Miami Welcome Arch in 1911

It has often been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. There are times when key details of a picture are missing and it generates a thousand questions. The featured photograph in this article generated one question for…