Construction Appears To Be Underway At Historic Federal Courthouse In Downtown Miami

Construction fencing has been placed around downtown Miami’s former U.S. Courthouse, and work appears to be underway by contractor Turner Construction.

The building has been vacant and unused since 2008. It was built in 1933 and later renamed the David W. Dyer Federal Building.

In 2016, Miami Dade College signed a 115 year lease for the property, at one dollar per year. The school said they will build classrooms and learning spaces for their Law Center, School of Architecture, and Miami Fashion Institute among others.

In a 2016 article, Herald reporter Andres Viglucci described the building as a Neoclassical masterpiece.

A post office once housed in the building moved out in 1976, and most judges were moved away in 1983, leaving the building largely vacant. In 2008, it was completely closed with the opening of the new Federal Courthouse nearby.

 

(bottom photo: library of congress)

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

Amazing. Hopefully restored to it’s former glory!

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s becoming MDC student housing

marc
1 year ago

Please remove those hideous bollards all over downtown, especially here since it isn’t a functioning courthouse anymore. Why not make the ones that are needed in downtown more attractive like they do in other cities. The ones we have here look like construction barriers.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What, and leave this abandoned community college building vulnerable to terrorism!?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why don’t government buildings look like that anymore? I can’t stand the brutalist architecture from the 60s to 80s.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Because brutalist architecture is still a trend for government buildings.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Cost of craftsmanship soared after WWII

Interested
1 year ago

Rare Miami architectural gem!

Anonymous
1 year ago

this may be the most beautiful building in florida

Anonymous
1 year ago

Harsh on Vizcaya

Polo
1 year ago

Glad this beauty is getting a second lease , and it’s been restored.

MIko
1 year ago

Are they keeping the historic parts of the building? Or will it be demolished? I hope not..

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’ll be falling apart within a couple years when you consider how “respectful” students are with property, and how MDC has let Freedom Tower rot. It should have been Miami’s city hall instead, if the county courthouse isn’t.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It should have been converted into Miami City Hall YEARS ago.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The construction fence is already vandalized, go figure.

Anonymous
1 year ago

one of my favorite buildings in the city, for sure!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Finally this is happening!!!! This proposal was submitted to Miami-Dade College over 3 years ago! So happy to see this project moving forward!

Anonymous
1 year ago

About time MDC Wolfson works on a property they’ve been sitting on for years. Since they’re getting the fire station on 5th street and that day care/ police substation I guess they will build something on them by 2025.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wow, if the last photo of that courtroom is true, this is a real gem and should be used.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

This is great!

Anonymous
1 year ago

It would be great if the utilized a portion of the building for A DRIVING SCHOOL!!

Everytime some knicklehead driver is blocking the box in an intersection, or taking up two lanes, you can be assured that they have an “I AM MIAMI-DADE” sticker in their window.