People

Romer picture of Park Central Lobby in 1939

Romer’s Changing Face of Miami

Gleason Waite Romer understood his place in history. When he moved to Miami in 1925, he knew he arrived at a special place during an important time. The Miami that he found was interesting and rapidly evolving. Romer wanted to…


Chateau Reve and McGraw home in Point View in 1917.

Chateau Reve in Brickell Point View

After dedicating the better part of two years to convert a swampy marsh into land worthy of development, Locke T Highleyman was ready to move forward with building his family home. The lot he chose was located in a prominent…


McGraw and Logan Mansions in Point View in 1920

McGraw Mansion in Point View

The home located to the south of the Fay Mansion was built by Edwin C. McGraw in 1916. His story was like so many of the winter visitors to Miami in the early twentieth century. McGraw built his fortune in…


Fay home in 1916

Fay Mansion in Point View Brickell

Aubert J Fay was a self-made millionaire who earned his fortune by manufacturing and distributing a very popular cough suppressant. He worked his way from humble beginnings to president and treasurer of an organization that produced a product that is…


Watson Building in 2016.

Watson Building in Downtown Miami

John W. Watson was a business and political pioneer to Miami. Watson’s thirst for knowledge and exploration led him to Florida. That same adventurous spirit ultimately led him to Miami. He was an early merchant and a reliable public servant….