Edward Claughton

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…

Urmey Hotel Balcony in 1934

Hotel Urmey in Downtown Miami

Hotel Urmey had a good run. It was built by a Miami pioneer in 1917.  William Urmey managed one of the early Miami establishments before building his dream hostelry. His vision was to build an elegant building that would replace…