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Pan American Seaplane Base and Terminal Building

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© RJ Heisenbottle Architects

© Pan American Archives

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::  Pan American Seaplane Base and Terminal Building
3500 Pan American Drive
Years Built: 1931-1938
Architects: Delano and Aldrich
Dates Designated: 1983, 1993

a. Known as the “Air Gateway Between the Americas,” the Pan American Seaplane Base and Terminal Building at Dinner Key linked the United States and Latin America. At the time of its construction in the midst of the Great Depression, the Art Deco style building was the largest and most modern marine air terminal in the world. The famous Pan Am “Clipper” Flying Boats opened major trade and passenger routes, and made Miami a center of international air transportation. The former terminal has served as the Miami City Hall since 1954, and it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The decorative ceiling of the original lobby was recently restored.

b. Historic photograph Pan American Seaplane Base and Terminal Building, circa 1940.

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