Miami Marine Stadium

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Hilario Candela – Pancoast, Ferendino, Skeels, and Burnham’s plans for the Miami Marine Stadium. Designed by architect Hilario Candela, a 28-year-old recent immigrant from Cuba, the stadium was built on Virginia Key as the United States’ first stadium purposely-built for powerboat racing on land donated to the City of Miami by the Matheson Family. Dedicated as the Ralph Munroe Marine Stadium, it was completed at a cost of around $2 million... Read More

Bryant House

This home was demolished ion June 27, 2016 and up until then, there wasn’t much history known about it and what was known was false. Thanks to Janette Campbell, there is finally some proper history I can add here. Frederick Edward Bryant emigrated from England in 1894 to study agricultural methods in New Mexico and owned a dairy in Colorado with his brother, Harold J. Bryant. After visiting Florida in 1908, F.E. Bryant became interested in developing agriculture in the... Read More

Dr. Horace Drew Mansion

The Drew mansion can be seen at the far end of the street, on the right. Columbus Drew was born on January 8, 1820 in Washington D.C. His early education was in journalism and printing. In 1844, he married Marietta Hume Robinson and they had their first son, Columbus, on December 3, 1847. In 1848, Drew moved his family to Jacksonville to start a newspaper, “The Florida Republican“. The newspaper plant was destroyed in 1854, and one year later, Drew left the newspaper... Read More

Brewster

Photo Credit: Florida Photographic Collection, 1920s – The Brewster power plant The town of Brewster was founded in 1910 to accommodate the workers at the time who spent the day working at the nearby phosphate mine. Operated by American Cyanamid, the mine was located hours away from the nearest town. The town was built and expecting all the workers to live there, the needs of the town’s people were met, including schools, a movie theater, medical clinic, post office... Read More