Before & After: South Beach
Before and after images in and around South Beach that illustrate the incremental transformation of Florida's most popular urban destination.
Opening its doors in 1939, the Hotel Winter Haven is captured in this February 18, 1946 William Fisbaugh photograph. Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida.
Today, the Winter Haven, Autograph Collection is a unique Art Deco boutique hotel that includes a rooftop terrace offering sun loungers and full food and beverage services.
Village Hotel on the northwest corner of Española Way and Washington Avenue on April 29, 1945. Developed by NBT Roney in 1925, a two-block stretch of Española Way was designed to resemble the Mediterranean villages of Spain and France. Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida.
The intersection of Española Way and Washington Avenue in October 2018.
The Sagamore, National and Delano hotels on Collins Avenue in June 1966. Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida and Elmer Leroy Keller collection.
The National and Delano hotels on Collins Avenue in March 2019.
The Old Miami Beach City Hall Building in 1997 is captured on the left. Designed by Martin L. Hampton Associates, the nine story, 102.75 foot building was completed in 1927. An October 2018 photograph of Washington Avenue and Old City Hall on the right.
Designed by Howard Lovewell Cheney, the Miami Beach Post Office is a historic 1937 Art Moderne building that was completed in 1937. Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida.
The Miami Beach Post Office at the intersection of Washington Avenue and 13th Street in October 2018.