Boom Era Icon: Downtown Miami’s Sears Tower

January 9th, 2014

Sears building, June 17, 1982. Photo Courtesy: Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami Performing its own arabesque on 13th and Biscayne Boulevard is the iconic Sears Tower that stands at the heart of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.  Shopping mall aerial Read More...

Big Plans for a Monolith of MiMo

July 11th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fpwjN3y2ptU Everybody in Miami -- and probably most people in South Florida -- know the office tower at 7880 Biscayne Boulevard as "the INS Building," and for good reason. Since the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service moved in in April 1983, the building has been a flash point of protest, intrigue and controversy, as the many strands of Miami's immigrant communities tense and relax Read More...

Video: A Pair of MiMo Monuments, 1964

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/sssuF02pAuI In this WTVJ special report, broadcast in 1964, reporter Gordon Stevens observes that "the South Florida building trend has been straight up." Stevens reports in detail on two new buildings that exemplify Miami's mid-1960s style: the Bacardi Building, on Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast 20th Street, and the Pan American Airways Building on the north perimeter of Miami International Airport Read More...

Video: MiMotels on Beautiful Biscayne Boulevard

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fU-6mwVI_ss Tourism is the mainstay of South Florida's economy, and that was as true half a century ago as it is now. In 1963, when WTVJ aired this footage of motels and motel rate signs on Biscayne Boulevard, "tourist season" still meant something: Miami was not yet the year-round snowbird destination we know today Read More...