Articles by Casey Piket

George Merrick speaking at the Cornerstone Dedication.

University of Miami Cornerstone Dedication in 1926

More than seven thousand people converged on the site selected for the University of Miami in Coral Gables to witness the cornerstone laying ceremony on Thursday, February 4, 1926. The pomp and circumstance surrounding this event represented a seminal moment…


Aerial of Expo Building in 1937

Exposition Building in Downtown Miami (1937)

After ten years of economic malaise during the Great Depression, South Florida began to show signs of economic recovery by 1936. Miami Beach saw a construction boom of apartment buildings and hotels which provided accommodations for the working class who…


Bentley Estate on August 24, 1962

Bentley Estate on Star Island

By the early 1920s, Miami and Miami Beach began to experience a population explosion based on the promise of beautiful year-round weather and the opulence of the tropics. This promise appealed to the ‘nouveau rich’ of the Gilded Age, particularly…


Joe Auer in a Preseason Game on August 12, 1967

Dolphins Nearly Left Miami in 1969

As we approach the start of another Miami Dolphin’s season, not many fans realize how close Miami was to losing the Dolphins in 1969. Prior to the hiring of the legendary coach Don Shula, the three straight Super Bowl appearances,…


An-Nell Apartments in 2022

An-Nell Hotel on Miami Beach

On June 15, 2022, the South Florida local news stations led their evening broadcast with a story about a building on Miami Beach that had to be evacuated due to a partial roof collapse. Given the tragedy of the building…