Wednesday, July 15, 2015

James H. Snowden residence, Miami Beach - ca. 1917

Miami Beach home of Oklahoma oil millionaire James Snowden in 1917. 
The home was built on a desolate stretch of sand on Miami Beach 
near what is now Collins Ave. and 44th Street.
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[via Miami Beach Digital Archives.]

In 1923, Snowden sold the residence for $250,000 to Harvey S. Firestone, founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.

In 1952, hotelier Ben Novack purchased the Firestone estate and announced plans to build a 554-room, $14,000,000 hotel on the site.

Work started on the Fontainebleau in January, 1954 and Firestone's estate was used as the contraction office.

Miami Herald photo by Bob East. (1954)
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