Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Aviation Building

The Aviation Building with a WSR-57 radar antenna on top.

The Aviation Building, aka the Frtiz Hotel, was a building located in Miami, Florida, United States. The building stood from 1927 to the mid 1970s when it was torn down and replaced. The address of the building was 3240 NW 27th Avenue which was at the east end of runway 9/27 at Miami International Airport. The building was used for a number of different purposes, none of which was a hotel.[1]


[edit] History

[edit] Construction

Construction for the Fritz Hotel began in 1925 by M.R. Harrison Construction Company. By 1927 three fourths of the construction was completed, but halted due to the Great Depression. The unfinished building was never used as a hotel, but did serve many other purposes throughout its 50 year history. After being unoccupied for 10 years the building was rented out to small businesses in sections.[1]

[edit] Hen House

The first use of the building was a temporary hen house where it held up to 60,000 hens. Because such a wealthy building was used for hens, it was often nicknamed the "Million Dollar Hen House".[1]

[edit] Embry-Riddle

In November 1940 the Technical Division of Embry-Riddle School of Aviation (now Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) moved into the south wing of the building. The Technical Division handled aircraft mechanic training. By 1941 Embry-Riddle had acquired the entire building and renamed it the Aviation Building. Throughout the building there were offices, classrooms, workshops, military barracks, a cafeteria, library, and clinic. In April 1965 the school was packed into trucks and moved to Daytona Beach, Florida overnight.[1]

[edit] National Weather Service

On June 1, 1958 the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office of Miami, Florida moved into part of the building, while Embry-Riddle remained there as well. The WSR-57 network radar was installed on top of the building on June 26, 1959. The NWS moved it's offices out of the building on December 23, 1964.[2]

[edit] Clothing Factory

After the NWS and Embry-Riddle moved out the building remained vacant for a few years. In the late 1960s the building was used as a clothing factory.[1]

[edit] Removal

In the mid to late 1970s the building was torn down and replaced with a county juvenile detention center and courthouse.[1]

[edit] References

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