This building was a striking contrast to the ubiquitous glass and steel high rises all over downtown Miami.
According to Wikipedia “Originally completed in 1925 as the headquarters and printing facility of the newspaper The Miami News, it is an example of Mediterranean Revival style with design elements borrowed from the Giralda in Seville, Spain. Its cupola on a 255 foot (78 m) tower contained a decorative beacon.
“The Miami News vacated the building in 1957 to relocate to a new facility on the Miami River. As refugees from Cuba fleeing Fidel Castro’s communist regime arrived in Miami during the 1960s, the federal government used the facility to process, document and provide medical and dental services for the newcomers. After the major era of refugees ended in 1972, the government sold the building to private ownership in 1974. In 1979, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“In 1997 the building was purchased for US$4.1 million by Jorge Mas Canosa, founder of MasTec and initiator of the Cuban American National Foundation, and restored and converted into a monument for the refugees who fled to the United States from communist Cuba. It housed a museum, library, meeting hall, and the offices of the Cuban American National Foundation. Salsa legend Celia Cruz was memorialized at The Freedom Tower upon her death in 2003, with more than 200,000 turning out to show their respects.” See more.
I believe this photo was taken across the street from the end of the Bayside Market. I really liked the juxtaposition of the shapes.
Walking back from the Bayside Market area towards downtown.
The Bayside Market Banyan Tree measures over 75-feet tall and is about 100 years old. Many Banyan tree seedlings were imported to South Florida in the late 1800s from India. These trees can grow up to 100 feet in height and live approximately 1,000 years.
A little PR from the Miami Police Department.
I saw him again the next day at the Bayside Market. A tourist attraction for sure!
My favorite photo of Miami. I think this says it all: high rises, palm trees, water and a storm coming up. I printed this 16×20 on canvas and I love it!
Below are some more shots of this great city. Click on any photo to start the show!
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