The Strand Restaurant

The Strand Restaurant located at 671 Washington Avenue was the keystone in 1986 to revitalizing dark Washington Ave, years before Micky Wolfson bought the Washington Avenue Storage building. Gary Farmer, an openly gay man and one of the original owners of The Strand, spent a year promoting it as a “mixed crowd restaurant” in gay clubs and […]

The Neron Hotel

The Neron Hotel previously located at 1110 Drexel Avenue, was a fine example of the Art Deco/Streamline Moderne architecture built by architect Henry Hohauser in 1940. The building exhibited many of the trademarks of Art Deco, including basic symmetry from the front elevation view; a ziggurat or stepped roofline; the incorporation of simple, industrially-produced glass […]

Beach Fashions of 1940

This excerpt comes from a March 4th, 1940, archival Life magazine article entitled, “Miami & Miami Beach; Biggest U.S. winter resort has biggest boom” “All beaches are noteworthy for the girls in bathing suits. Due to a combination of causes, girls on Miami Beach’s incredible seven-mile strip of ocean shore are more numerous and more […]

Carl Fisher’s Yacht “Shadow K”

These 1920’s vintage photographs of Fisher’s yacht the “Shadow K”, and its passengers, were generously gifted to the MDPL in early 2018 by Alice McCollam Neary. Her father, Hugh Kenneth McCollam, worked for Carl Fisher in 1925 and 1926. After graduating from Yale in June 1925, McCollam was hired as an engineer for Carl Fisher. […]