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Historic Ingraham Building in Downtown Miami
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Historic Ingraham Building in Downtown Miami

This podcast episode shares the story of Miami pioneer James Ingraham and the building named for him at 25 SE Second Avenue in downtown Miami.
Figure 1: Portrait of James Ingraham to the left and the Ingraham Building in 1927 on the right. Courtesy of Florida State Archives.
Figure 1: Portrait of James Ingraham to the left and the Ingraham Building in 1927 on the right. Courtesy of Florida State Archives.

This podcast episode features the history of the Ingraham Building at 25 SE Second Avenue in downtown Miami. This building is named for Miami pioneer James Ingraham and was constructed from 1926 – 27, near and during the end of the building boom of the 1920s.

James Ingraham played an important role for Henry Flagler as a vice president of the Florida East Coast (FEC) Company, and as president of the Model Land Company, the organization responsible for marketing and selling land acquired by the FEC. Ingraham was an icon in early Miami. When he died unexpectedly on October 25, 1924, the city and the FEC organization were shocked and left to fill a big void in leadership.

When the Model Land Company announced that they would construct their corporate office building at the western edge of the former Royal Palm Park, the corner of SE Second Avenue and SE First Street, they naturally named it for their former leader. Despite several setbacks during construction, the building finally celebrated its grand opening on May 1, 1927.

Tune into this week’s podcast episode to hear more about the history of the Ingraham Building and for an interview of a tenant who has operated out of and around the building for decades. You can download this episode on your favorite podcast platform (iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Spotify), or listen directly on the Miami-History website. Please remember to click on the subscribe button and to provide a rating and comment on any of the aforementioned platforms.

Images:

  • Cover: Ingraham Building from the Miami River in the 1950s. Courtesy of Casey M. Piket

  • Figure 1: Portrait of James Ingraham to the left and the Ingraham Building in 1927 on the right. Courtesy of Florida State Archives.

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Miami History
Miami History Podcast
The Miami History Podcast will cover topics on the people, places and events that have shaped Miami's 120+ year history as a city. The hosts are Miami historian Dr. Paul S. George and history blogger Casey Piket.