After it's construction the building served a series of purposes: real estate sales center, a movie studio, pilot training facility, bank and even a parachute factory. As of 2013 the building is part of the Westin Colonnade hotel with space for restaurants.
William A. Fishbaugh sold his first photographs while serving in the mounted police during the Boer War and later in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. Upon leaving the service in 1910, he opened a photographic studio in Tampa. In 1920 he moved the studio to Miami, where he did commercial photography for Miami Beach developer Carl Fisher and later for Coral Gables developer George Merrick. Fishbaugh continued photographing the Miami area until shortly before his death in the early 1950s.
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