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Here Are The Original Hand-Drawn Plans of Some of Downtown's Most Iconic Buildings

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Downtown Miami's first skyscrapers, including elaborate Beaux Arts edifices in brick, marble, granite, and stucco, like the Freedom Tower, and the Ingraham Building, both documented in an exhibition now at the Wolfsonian Museum, were erected in the city's initial period of major growth, after the first world war and leading into the booming twenties. The 1926 hurricane, as well as the market crash of '29, both dealt big blows to Miami's expansion, until "signs of recovery solidified with the 1939 completion of the Alfred I. DuPont Building", an art deco masterpiece. Also included in the exhibit are other greats such as the exotic Olympia Theatre, and the Dyer Federal Courthouse, among others. 'Boom, Bust, Boom' coincides with the 75th anniversary of the DuPont Building's construction, and closes March 8th.

· Boom, Bust, Boom [Wolfsonian-FIU]

Dyer Courthouse

300 NE First Ave., Miami, FL

Gusman Center For The Performing Arts

174 E Flagler St., Miami, FL 33131

Alfred I DuPont Building

169 E. Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131