THE GRAPHIC WITNESS INC.

BRICKELL AVENUE (now Las Olas Riverfront)

Lyric Theatre and Osceola Inn,
early 1900s

Looking south down Brickell Avenue in what is now the heart of Las Olas Riverfront. At the time this area was the heart of Fort Lauderdale's business district.

Oseola Inn Burns,
July 17, 1913

It was the only major building to survive the 1912 fire; it burned to the ground in minutes. It "was the last vestige of the old downtown section that existed in the original era of growth," according to the book "Checkered Sunshine."

Osceola Inn Burns

The New River Inn, on the other side of the tracks, can be seen in the background. This view is looking west from Brickell Avenue one block south of SW 2nd Street. Today you'd be standing in the middle of Riverfront looking toward the building that houses the movie theaters.

Click on the photos to see blowups. To make the photos more enjoyable, they have been digitally enlarged and enhanced. The originals were obtained from the Florida State Archives web site (except as noted).

 

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

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