5 of the most iconic masterpieces in Miami
1) Freedom Tower
One of the most culturally meaningful landmarks in the city, this model of Seville’s Giralda Cathedral Bell Tower was built in 1925. Its history includes being used to process Cuban exiles from 1962 to 1974 – thus its nickname. It originally housed The Miami News, and now hosts the MDC Museum of Art + Design.
2) Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Perhaps the most compelling example of futuristic MiMo architecture, the ‘curvilinear’ Fontainebleau was designed by legendary architect Morris Lapidus in 1954. As glamorous now as it was then, the 22-acre beachfront property is an attraction for global celebrities, professional athletes and cognoscenti.
3) The Bass
Designed by Russell Pancoast in the 1930s, this unique Art Deco contemporary art museum was first a public library. In 2017, it reopened with a 12 million-dollar expansion of its exhibition and program spaces, cafe and a museum store, while still making use of its historic galleries.
4) Hialeah Park Racing & Casino
Glitzy and lavish with balustrades and curving staircases, this 1920s Mediterranean Revival structure, set on 200 acres, is as captivating as it is entertaining. It’s the only race course listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, because of its flock of resident flamingos, originally brought over from Cuba, as an Audubon Bird Sanctuary.
5) Miami Tower
This signature 47-story skyscraper lights up in different colors or patterns to suit the occasion, be it a holiday, a season or even a Dolphins game. A graduating, three-tiered glass spire that rises above a 10-story parking garage, this office building was originally built for CenTrust Bank.
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