Articles by Casey Piket

Dupuis Medical Office and Lemon City Drug Store building on February 17, 1958

Dr. John DuPuis and the Lemon City Drug Store

When the Florida East Coast Railway pulled into the Lemon City depot at 11pm on October 29, 1898, a 23-year-old aspiring physician disembarked to begin a transformative journey in a sparsely populated area just five miles north of downtown Miami….

Gilbert residence at 908 Brickell Avenue in 1952, which was converted into the Hanna Apartments by this time

Gilbert Residence at 908 Brickell Avenue

By the end of the 1920s, Brickell Avenue became one of South Florida’s most desirable corridors. The avenue had been widened and landscaped with beautiful shade trees a few years prior to the construction of the mansions that lined this…

Coolidge Building on April 11, 1979

Coolidge Building in Downtown Miami

During the peak of the building boom of the 1920s, demand for residential housing, hotels, and commercial office space was far exceeding the supply. Real estate firms were being formed almost daily by the onset of 1924, which put even…

Cozy Corner on the corner of today's Flagler Street and Biscayne Boulevard in 1916

Cozy Corner in Downtown Miami

When John Sewell and his crew began preparations to clear the grounds in April of 1896 for what would become the Royal Palm Hotel, Julia Tuttle asked him to preserve as many of the best shade trees as possible. She…