Federal Courthouse Through the Years

First Federal Savings & Loan on July 9, 1950

Cover: First Federal Savings & Loan on July 9, 1950

A video (scroll down to watch video) of pictures through the years of the federal building at 100 N.E. First Avenue in downtown Miami, along with a tour of the new Biscayne Bay Brewing Company location on the third floor of this historic structure. The edifice opened in 1914 and was host for a number of different federal institutions including the courthouse, post office, and weather bureau. The federal government out grew this structure in the early 1930s which forced them to move into a larger building in 1933 at 300 N.E. First Avenue, just two blocks north of this location.

In 1937, the first federally chartered savings and loan institution, First Federal Savings and Loan, purchased the building, renovated the structure, and opened their headquarters at 100 N.E. First Avenue. The financial institution later changed its name to AmeriFirst Federal Bank, moved their headquarters to a new building in 1973, but maintained a presence in this building until the bank fell on hard times and was liquidated by federal regulators in 1991.

Office Depot occupied the building from 1992 until 2002, and several other institutions leased part of the building at different times over the next twenty plus years. Biscayne Bay Brewing Company announced that they would establish a brewery in the building in 2018, but several delays pushed its opening to July of 2023. This video provides a look at the historic structure at 100 N.E. First Avenue from 1915 until the opening night of Biscayne Bay Brewing on Wednesday, July 19, 2023.

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  • Cover: First Federal Savings & Loan building on July 9, 1950. Courtesy of Miami-Dade Public Library, Romer Collection.
  • Video: Federal Building in 1921. Courtesy of Florida State Archives.