Articles by Paul S. George

Aerial of Surfside in 1937

History of the Town of Surfside – Part 2 of 2

In our first article on the history of the Town of Surfside, we examined its early decades as a municipality while noting that its contemporary story deviates sharply from those earlier times. While no available data exists for the number…


Surf Club in 1931

History of the Town of Surfside – Part 1 of 2

For Greater Miami and other parts of Florida, the stock market crash of October 1929 only deepened an economic downturn that followed the collapse of the real estate boom of the mid-1920s.  Those economic conditions, however, did not deter the…


Dade County Courthouse under construction in 1926

Dade County Courthouses

The area that became the City of Miami was host to the county courthouse on several occasions before it became the permanent county seat in 1899. Around the time Florida achieved statehood in 1845, the area along the Miami River…


Miami Daily News Tower in 1925.

Miami News Freedom Tower

The Miami News/Freedom Tower is one of the area’s most iconic buildings. It is a National Landmark property, the highest status accorded to a historic building or site, and is a stately structure, sheathed in a Spanish Plateresque style, hovering…


History of Miami City Cemetery – Part 2 of 2

The Miami City Cemetery contains many interesting sections.  A Catholic section lies near the front of the northern half of the graveyard and contains the remains of many members of Gesu Catholic Church, known earlier as the Church of the…