Articles by Casey Piket

Roper Building on October 19, 1950

Roper Building in Downtown Miami

A caption found in the Miami Daily News on October 18, 1949, announced that the First Presbyterian Church in downtown would be razed that week. It suggested that citizens can get one last look at the historic church before it…


Snowden Estate in 1923

Snowden Mansion on Miami Beach in 1923

The setting was along 44th Street and Collins Avenue in 1923, looking north at the Snowden residence which was a landmark for the beginning of an opulent new residential area in the fledgling City of Miami Beach. The residence was…


Gate Posts on October 16, 2021

Entrance to Nowhere

On the periphery of the east-west expressway along NW Tenth Avenue stands two old gate posts seemingly to nowhere. They appear to be what they are, relics of an era long forgotten. The gate posts were constructed by pioneer John…


Villa 93 on Palm Island

Villa 93 on Palm Island

The development of Palm Island was emblematic of the excess and opulence of the Roaring 1920s in South Florida. What was nothing more than spoil isles after the dredging of Government Cut in the early 1900s, the real estate developers…


Cottages on Brickell Point on July 8, 1940

Cottages of Brickell Point

The headline in the Miami Metropolis on June 3, 1910, read “An Old Landmark About to Become a Memory” which was referencing the end of the store building on Brickell Point. The structure was constructed by William Brickell and others…