The photo on the top left is what Miami Beach looked like in 1927, just one year after the hurricane in 1926 that caused major devastation in the Miami area. Notable streets such as Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Washington Avenue and 5th Street are plainly visible with not much development at this point. Fast forward 90 years later and the area has changed dramatically. High rises have gone up along West Avenue and the beach has expanded.
Before and After
The photo on the top left was Coconut Grove along Main Highway in the 1980s. The old Coconut Grove Bank can be seen on the left. Down the street old buildings are where the current mall Cocowalk now stands. The photo on the right is what Coconut Grove looks like today, with the trees providing shade over the buildings and sidewalks. Cocowalk can be seen at the end of the street and will soon undergo a major demolition and renovation.
The photo on the left is what Brickell Key looked like in 1985 and on the far right you can see the Miami Tower under construction. In 1975 the island was completely empty and barren after developing from dredging of the Miami River. By 1985 one condo had been built on Brickell Key and the Brickell skyline was becoming lined with condos. By 1999, the island had grown even more with more condos, but the Mandarin Oriental was not built yet. The photo on the top right is what Brickell Key and Downtown Miami look like today. Brickell Key is almost fully developed and the Brickell skyline is no longer visible except for the Four Seasons and Icon Brickell.
The photo on the top left is Miami and the Miami River in 1984. At the bottom of the photo is the James L. Knight convention center which was built in 1982. On the right of the photo is the Centrust Tower (Miami Tower) under construction. Fast forward to 2017 and new condos have been built along the river such as Miami, Ivy and the Wind on the North bank and The Latitude and Neo Vertika on the North side in Brickell. Also built in that time is the metromover, which now extends over the Miami River into Downtown Miami.
Located at 1100 Biscayne Boulevard, the Marquis Miami is a 63 story condominium in Downtown Miami that was previously a Howard Johnson Hotel. Originally built in 1938 as a Howard Johnson restaurant and the first in Florida, the building would remain until 1963. It was demolished to make way for a new 7 story Howard Johnson Hotel with a mid-century modern look and a rare amenity at the time - a rooftop pool. The new hotel thrived due to its location on Biscayne Boulevard and the quick access to I-395 in Miami Beach, but by 2004 the hotel was renamed the Port of Miami Hotel. In 1999, the 44,240 square foot lot and property was purchased by Pelican Hotel LLC, which was a company under New York developer Shaya Boymelgreen, for $5,750,000. By August 14, 2005, the old Howard Johnson Hotel was demolished and construction began on the Marquis Miami and would eventually be completed by 2009. It would once call home to singer Drake and NBA player Mario Chalmers.
The photo in the top left is what Downtown Miami looked like in 1983. The Southeast Financial Center was under construction and on its way to becoming the tallest building in Miami at 765 feet. It was eventually surpassed by the Four Seasons Miami in 2003 and now the tallest building in Miami - Panorama Tower. Bayside Marketplace has not yet been built and the marina was where Sonny Crockett lived on his boat in Miami Vice. In 2017, the skyline has grown to include 50 Biscayne, Vizcayne, One Miami and even the iconic Miami Tower.
The photo on the left is the Sanchez Restaurant on the corner of 5th Street and Ocean Drive on Miami Beach in 1980. This is when South Beach and Ocean Drive was increasing in crime and becoming run down. In 2017, the Sanchez Restaurant in the Bentley Hotel is now a TGI Friday's restaurant on the very touristy and popular Ocean Drive.