Construction on Biscayne Blvd in 1925

North Bay Shore Drive in 1925.

North Bay Shore Drive in 1925.

It was common for the Miami News Metropolis to report on construction projects occurring throughout the city during the building boom of the 1920s. Miami’s original skyline was shaped along North Bay Shore Drive during this time. The road became Miami’s main downtown thoroughfare and was renamed to Biscayne Boulevard in the summer of 1926.

The featured photo was published in the August 11, 1925 edition of the Miami News and Metropolis. It highlighted the construction that was underway along North Bay Shore Drive from Flagler Street looking north. The year 1925 was the peak of the building boom for that decade.

Of the buildings under construction, only the Watson Hotel and the Miami News Tower (aka Freedom Tower), are still standing. The Watson Hotel is now the YVE Hotel and looks very different from its original appearance. The McAllister, Columbus and Everglade Hotels were demolished within the last thirty years.

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Read more information at the Miami News, Tuesday, August 11, 1925 (page 24).

Photo courtesy of Miami News. Daily News photograph by Cunningham.