Photos Show How Collins Avenue In Miami Beach Has Changed From 1940 To 2017

Miami Beach’s Collins Avenue has undergone drastic changes since 1940, newly unearthed photos show.

A photo from 80 years ago shows a relatively small, unmarked roadway passing by a grove of trees that fronted the beach at the time.

The land seen in the picture is now built out with the Fontainebleau Resort.

It was used around the time of the 1940 picture as Officer’s Quarters for the military during World War II, according to a book called Lost Miami Beach cited by Curbed in 2015.

It was previously known as the Firestone Estate and owned by tire magnate Harvey Firestone from 1923 through 1938, and included a total of 1,600 feet of oceanfront property. Before that, it was owned by James H. Snowden, who built the estate in 1916.

In 1954, the original Fontainebleau tower was built on the site, with other towers surrounding it in the ensuing years.

South Beach was already well developed, even by 1940. Only the former Firestone estate looks relatively undeveloped.

The comparison photos were uploaded by city commissioner John Aleman to social media.

 

 

 

Collins Avenue in 1937:

James H. Snowden estate on the site, later Firestone’s and then the Fontainebleau:

Snowden property in 1923:

South facing view at the same location in 1935:

(photos via Florida Memory)

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Needs a light rail line

Osc
2 years ago

City of Miami Beach was at its best with Mayor Alex Daoud

Anonymous
1 year ago

Absolutely. Look at those pictures! How do those politicians ever expect Miami Beach to succeed as a destination if they don’t buy light rail.
They are thinking about building a Fountainebleau Hotel?!?
They ought to scrap that idea! Without light rail, the maids from Homestead will never be able to get to work!

“Daddy, give me light rail! AND I WANT IT NOW!”

Anonymous
2 years ago

This was “Millionaire’s Row” before the condo canyons. The entire coast of Miami Beach north of 40th street was millionaire estates like Palm Beach from the 20’s to 50’s. Then within 10 years they were all demolished for the condo canyons by 1970.

Anonymous
2 years ago

i’m a millionaire – big F. so are many people. that’s not a lot of money.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Millionaire was rarified air in 1940.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I love these old photos.

Azarius
2 years ago

Miami use to givee Hamptons vibe

Anonymous
2 years ago

Beautiful!! Would’ve loved to live there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No parkings

Anonymous
2 years ago

Booooring

Anonymous
2 years ago

i found it riveting. read it 3 x

Anonymous
2 years ago

And you know what they say….those that find things boring, are boring.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s not what yo mama said