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Prins Valdemar in downtown Miami

Prins Valdemar – A Miami Landmark

The Prins Valdemar was a four-masted Danish barkentine sailing ship that had an interesting journey. Built in 1892, the vessel had served many roles throughout its lifetime: a training ship for naval cadets, blockade runner, gun smuggler, cargo transporter, hotel,…


Compilation of Miami Buildings in 1979

Miami Buildings in 1979

Much has changed in Miami’s downtown skyline since the 1970s. The City of Miami’s Office of Information and Services took a number of photographs during the 1970s to showcase the city. The featured photo was taken in 1979 and is…


Watson Building in 2016.

Watson Building in Downtown Miami

John W. Watson was a business and political pioneer to Miami. Watson’s thirst for knowledge and exploration led him to Florida. That same adventurous spirit ultimately led him to Miami. He was an early merchant and a reliable public servant….


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…