September 30th, 2015
The SunTrust International Tower at 1 SE 3rd Avenue in downtown Miami has quietly gotten a $35 million renovation. The renovation has provided an updated interior and common areas, and has added a bay view sky terrace.
The tower was built in 1973 and has been occupied by banks since it opened. Its first occupant was the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Miami until the early 1980s. At that time, it became part of AmeriFirst until 1991. AmeriFirst gave way to SunBank which gave way to SunTrust Bank.
The First Federal Savings and Loan was the very first Savings and Loan in the United States. It had its beginnings in 1937 at what is now the Miami Center for Architectural Design (MCAD) building at 100 NE 1st Avenue in downtown Miami. Just prior to becoming First Federal Savings and Loan, the MCAD building housed the U.S. Post Office until the early 1930s.
Read the story at Miami Curbed