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More Aerials - 1960's

Check out the old Don Q Rum neon sign with the time.

Also, look at the old Ft Dallas Park Hotel - Now site of the BOA "CenTrust" Building. I believe that the old hotel was the first building to be imploded in Miami. You can also see the old Howard Johnson's with the orange roof at the entrance ramp to I-95.





 

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Burlingame Island aka Claugton Island aka Brickell Key

Check out Brickell Key -- Full of Australian pines - no bridge.

Can you believe that 50 years later the Island is almost built out! Ony Asia Condo and in the future Mandarin Residences are left to be completed.

Look at the Four Embarrasments - uh, Ambassadors and the old General Development Hdqts building - Now the Oakwood Apts- The Mark.

Check out the Brickell Condos almost complete next to the UTD Tower and Estates along Brickell including Maurice Ferrer's old home - Now Santa Maria.



 

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Amazing. It's hard to believe that Miami looked like that 25 years ago. It is also interesting that the old main library was still adequate when demolished back in 1987 and many city commisioners wanted it saved. I hope that it's not the fate of the current Cultural Plaza after new facilities are built in the future. It's hard to believe the plans for the plaza were proposed back in 1977! If you look at the last picture, you can see to the left the future route for Metrorail which was back then in its planning phase. It's also amazing that Metrorail was proposed as back as the 60's and only a small segment is built today.
 

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Great postcards. It's a pity that the Everglades is gone. In the last picture you can see Miami's first modern high-rise, the Israeli Discount Bank Building on the corner of Flagler Street & NE 1st Avenue. Don Pacho, the building you mention is to the north of the Plaza at Brickell site.
 

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Interterra Building

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Awesome pictures. Hey Magic-City, do you have any pictures of the Interterra Building around the early 80's before the awful remodeling job in the 90's?
Pablo, I may have some old items from the Interterra Building. I just need to dig thru some old files in my garage. Nicholas Morley was the developer of this building along with the Villa Regina Condo (Multi-color Balconies by Famed Artist "Agam"). I used to bump into Mr. Morley at the Villa Regina in the late 1980's, as I worked for the Court-appointed receiver and was a Property manager for a short time before Mr. Morley lost his buildings to foreclosure. He was a visionary developer with very expensive taste and the BUST of the late 1980's did him in. He would have been up there with Ugo and Jorge in the BOOM of today.
 

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1111 Brickell Avenue - WCIX - Channel 6 Headquarters

Check out this building that was the Headquaters/Studios of WCIX Channel 6 in Miami. It was known as The Perry Nichols Building. Today, a portion of the JW Marriott is located on the this site. I am not sure when this building was torn down. I believe it was in the late 1970's or early 1980's.

This building, along with the Old Mutual of Omaha Building (Gorden Bierch) were the flagship architectural statement of Brickell Avenue at the time.



 

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Yeah, he was an interesting guy and he developed some of the most luxurious properties of the 80's. I think he was bulgarian. He had a two story, six million dollar penthouse in Villa Regina. The Interterra Building, which housed his real-estate company, Interterra, was the first major luxury office building built on Brickell Avenue. It used to feature a lovely plaza with huge mounds of flowers and was known around Miami as the "Butterfly" building. It was the first Miami building designed by SOM and was the first building featured on the opening credits of "Miami Vice", before a couple of episodes later when they canned the Interterra and replaced it with the Atlantis. It's sad now how it has lost its top office tower status on Brickell Avenue and I can't stand the Colonial Bank sign of top of it. Back in the 80's, Morley had a crazy plan of offering the city $100,000 a month rent so that the tenants of the Interterra Building could have top medical care right next to their offices. This is back then when occupancy was at 100% and there was a waiting list for people to lease space. By the way, the Mutual of Omaha Bank Building was designed by famed architect Minoru Yamasaki (World Trade Center).
 

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Discussion Starter · #35 · (Edited)
Awesome picture! Post some more!!!!!!!!!!

Downtown from DuPont Plaza, 1962:







Plans for One Herald Plaza, 1959:



Riande Continental Hotel & Office Building, 1935:



Downtown Aerials, 1930:













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1927:



After the 1926 hurricane. Notice the courthouse under construction to the left:



Dade County Courthouse, 1927:





Looking down Biscayne Boulevard:



And a very sad sight, the demoliton of Rooney Plaza. You can see the skyline in the background, along with the Four Embarassments. :eek:hno:

 

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i cant believe that they havent built any more bridges over the miami river since the fukin 30! come on... the bottlenecks on some of those bridges are a bitch... in chicago every single street across has a bridge over the river
 

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Rooney Plaza Demolition

What an incredible shot of the Rooney Plaza being destroyed. It was truly a sad day when this building went down. Today the could have built around it and incorporated it into a new design.

This thread has been so educational. Keep posting those old images, they give us insight about the evolution of our skyline and city.

Kudos to all! Great job of posting!!
 
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