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Dorn Hotel: 1941

Dorn Hotel: 1941

January 1941. Miami, Florida. "Apartment hotel on the Miami River." Medium-format nitrate negative by the mysterious "Daly." View full size.


The South Miami Dorns?

The Dorn family were business pioneers in the nearby town of Larkins, now known as South Miami. I wonder if they also had a (considerable) toe-hold in downtown Miami.

What a stunning photo - there is something so haunting about these early photos of the river.

RE: I had no Idea

The apostrophe in APT'S is acceptable if seen as indicating the shortening of "Apartments".

Center Boat

It is a cat boat that is large enough to have an enclosed cabin. This sailboat type was gaff rigged, center board with a huge rudder. Most had no auxiliary motor.

I had no idea!

Seems the misuse of apostrophes goes back a lot farther than I thought.


Love these boats, would like to have any one of them. Can some old salt tell us more about the sailboat near center?

Lobster Traps Today

Not much replaced the old Dorn, which was pretty much a flop-house by the 1980s. It sat on South River Dr. just a little south of the First Street Bridge. It's a bustling lobster and stone crab trap yard today.

Gone but not forgotten

The Dorn opened in 1924 and burned down in 1983.


All I can think about as I look at this is "Storm Surge."

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