Chaille Commercial Building, 425-429 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Dade County, FL
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425-429 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS FL-525
Building/structure dates: 1913 initial construction
Significance: The Chaille Commercial Building is one of the few commercial buildings remaining in Miami from the period before the development boom of the 1920s. Built in the masonry vernacular style, the stuccoed concrete construction and awning across the facade are architectural adaptations to climate and available building materials characteristic of early Miami architecture. This building is particularly significant in association with the neighboring buildings along North Miami Avenue between NE 4th and 5th Streets. The five buildings, collectively known as the Chaille Block, were built in the masonry vernacular style between 1913 and 1920. Individual examples of pre-1920 masonry vernacular commercial architecture are extant elsewhere in Miami, but the streetscape composed of five such buildings found on this block is a unique, intact remnant of the history of Miami's commercial development.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
West elevation, view looking east
East elevation, view looking west
Doorway of 425 North Miami Avenue, pressed-tin ceiling is visible over entry, view looking east
Doorway of 427 North Miami, view looking east
Detail of electrical box on 427 North Miami Avenue, view looking east-northeast
Interior showing both 425 and 427 North Miami Avenue, view looking west, pressed tin ceiling in 425 North Miami is visible on the left
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