Miami Famous Architecture Walking Tour (Self Guided), Miami

Miami is very rich in architectural constructions, such as churches, towers, bridges, sky-scrapers and more. There is an area that is designated the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District, it's where you can visit buildings of various designs and colors. Take this walking tour to see the most acclaimed architectural constructions in Miami.
How it works: Download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Miami Famous Architecture Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Miami Famous Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Miami (See other walking tours in Miami)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Author: stacey
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bacardi Cantilever Building
  • Ten Museum Park
  • Freedom Tower
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Federal Courthouse
  • Olympia Theater
  • Four Seasons Hotel Miami
1
Bacardi Cantilever Building

1) Bacardi Cantilever Building

The Bacardi Cantilever Building is a landmark structure in Miami and forms part of the complex that houses the headquarters of the Bacardi Rum Company. It has become an outstanding example of engineering in architecture and an important part of the itinerary of visitors to the city.

The Bacardi Cantilever Building was built in 1973 to house the offices of the Cuban company in exile well known for their famous brand of rum. It is located on the western side of the Plaza that also has another modernist structure called the Bacardi Tower. It was designed by Miami architect, Ignacio Carrera Justiz. It is a square building with a height of 47 feet above a central core. It has four walls with one inch thick glass mural tapestries hammered to the exterior. The square structure has two floors that cantilever for about 24 feet on either side of the central core. 28 tensor rods support each floor. The financial and accounting offices of the company are located here.

The glass tapestries that form the façade portray a fruit bat that is on the logo of Bacardi. They were manufactured in France based on an original painting by German artist, Johannes M. Dietz. Gabriel and Jacques Loire of Chartres oversaw the manufacture of the tapestries.
2
Ten Museum Park

2) Ten Museum Park

The Ten Museum Park is the 13th tallest building in Miami and consists of residential condominium units. It is regarded as one of the most creatively designed structures in the city.

Ten Museum Park was designed by Chad Oppenheim and construction was completed in 2007. It is part of the Biscayne Wall, a series of skyscrapers to the west of Biscayne Boulevard. It stands 585 meters tall with 50 floors and 200 condominium units. The lower floors have offices and retail space. The east facing units are interlocking lofts while west facing units are shallow flats with large glass windows. More than 150 units have spectacular views of Biscayne Bay or the city of Miami. It is also located near the arts and entertainment district of the city and is eight minutes away from the airport. The exterior gives the appearance of a solid crystal block.

Amenities at Ten Museum Park include a luxury spa and pleasure garden run by the cosmetic company, Clinique that covers an area of 21,000 square feet, a café, a restaurant and 24 hour concierge and security services. All units have floor to ceiling windows and luxury fitting and fixtures. The Ten Museum Park was designed to offer the most luxurious in condominium living in the US.
3
Freedom Tower

3) Freedom Tower (must see)

The Freedom Tower is a 17-floor structure located on the Wolfson campus of Miami Dade College. It has become the symbol of freedom to Cuban refugees who fled the communist regime of Fidel Castro to Florida.

The Freedom Tower was built in Mediterranean revivalist style in 1925. It housed the offices and printing facility of the newspaper called the Miami News. The design closely resembles that of the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain. It has a height of 78 meters and the cupola once had a decorative beacon. The Miami News offices relocated in 1957 and the US Federal Government used the tower as a processing center for refugees fleeing from the communist regime in Cuba during the 1960s. Jorge Mas Canosa, the founder of the Cuban National American Foundation purchased Freedom Tower and converted it into a monument for Cuban refugees in 1997. It had a museum, library, a convention center and the offices of the Cuban National American Foundation.

Today, Freedom Tower belongs to the Miami Dade University and is used as a cultural and educational center. The university has plans to house a permanent exhibition commemorating the major newspaper that was once published here and with exhibits relating to the days when Freedom Tower served as a major Cuban refugee processing center.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful photo opportunities, especially at night when the tower is lit up with beautiful colors.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Fri, Sun: 1-6pm; Sat: 1-8pm
4
Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Federal Courthouse

4) Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Federal Courthouse

Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Federal Courthouse is a modern courthouse in downtown Maimi. It is named after prominent lawyer and Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson who was born in Miami and made significant contributions both as a lawyer and a judge to the city and the State of Florida.

The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Federal Courthouse was designed by the architect firm Arquitechtonica in consultation with Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum. The structure consists of two towers connected by a curved glass prism. Each tower has 14 floors and the glass prism contains the waiting rooms and circulation spaces. It has 16 courtrooms and chambers and a separate space for the Clerk of the Court. There are Grand Jury suites, rooms for pre trial services, US Marshal’s Service offices, detention cells and rooms for US attorney, the General Services Administration Services GSA and other support services. The building also has 110 secured and covered indoor parking spaces.

The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Federal Courthouse was completed and began functioning in the year 2005. The design of the building was hailed as an excellent example of green environmentally sensitive architecture. The glass façade is designed to reflect transparency, the integrity of the court and equality before law.
5
Olympia Theater

5) Olympia Theater (must see)

The Olympia Theater began in 1927 as a venue where silent movies were screened. It was designed by well-known theater architect John Eberson with Moorish style exteriors and atmospheric interior design. It was also known for its perfect acoustics, simulated night sky ceiling with drifting clouds and twinkling stars and as the first air-conditioned theater in the South. Soon, talking films and Vaudeville shows were screened and it continued to be one of the last theaters to stage Vaudeville performances. In the 1970s the building suffered neglect and local tycoon, Maurice Gusman, saved the theater and the adjacent office buildings from deterioration. He gave the renovated complex to the city of Miami who named it after Gusman in gratitude. The building has undergone restoration and structural stabilization work and reopened as a modern and structurally safe theater.

Olympia Theater has a history of hosting performances by some of the best-known singers and performing artists. It has hosted performances by Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti and B.B.King in addition to some of the best-known Vaudeville artists.
6
Four Seasons Hotel Miami

6) Four Seasons Hotel Miami

The Four Seasons Hotel and Tower, also known as the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, is a skyscraper in the City of Miami. It is located in Downtown Miami's Brickell Financial District. The tower contains a Four Seasons Hotel, office space and several residential condominium units on the upper floors. Rising 789 feet (240 m) and 64 floors, it is the tallest building in Miami and the state of Florida. At the time of its completion, the Four Seasons Hotel & Tower was also the tallest mixed use building in the U.S. south of New York City. The building was planned by Gary Edward Handel & Associates. Post-tensioning reinforcement of the structure was supplied and engineered by Suncoast Post-Tension. The building was constructed with dense steel reinforcing and silica-fume concrete, and is designed to sustain hurricane-force winds. Construction began in 2000, and the building was completed in 2003.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Miami, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Miami

Create Your Own Walk in Miami

Creating your own self-guided walk in Miami is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
South Beach Nightlife 2

South Beach Nightlife 2

Guests to the city of Miami are treated to a wide assortment of great places to go after the sun goes down. An international hub with a cosmopolitan appeal, Miami is known the world over for its thrilling nightlife scene. An additional perk for visitors to Miami is the breathtaking refurbished Art Deco district in South Beach, which includes a number of great clubs itself. Take this Nightlife Tour...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Art Deco Tour in Miami

Art Deco Tour in Miami

Take a tour to visit the most astounding constructions and places of interest in the Miami Beach Art Deco District. The buildings were built by famous architects and their design is worth to be admired. Aside from this, the tour will help you learn new things about the history of the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Miami Orientation Tour

Miami Orientation Tour

The coastal sunny city of Miami is a world-class destination for tourists, being rich in sights and public venues. Take this orientation tour to explore Miami's heritage.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
South Beach Nightlife 1

South Beach Nightlife 1

World-renown for its hot nightlife scene, visitors to Miami can expect to party all night long in any one of its extensive list of bars and clubs. A major metropolitan area and cultural hub, Miami attracts a diverse set of visitors each year. Whether you’re looking to hobnob with models and celebrities at a chic club in South Beach, or for a decadent night of dancing to the hottest world class...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Places to Visit in North Miami

Places to Visit in North Miami

North Miami is a suburban city located in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida. North Miami is not very rich in attractions, yet enough to have a good time touring. The list given below includes the most important venues and attractions.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Places to Visit in Miami Beach

Places to Visit in Miami Beach

Miami Beach, a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, has been one of America's pre-eminent beach resorts for almost a century. Miami Beach is a vibrant area with hip nightclubs, shops, restaurants and other places of interest. Take this walking tour to explore some of the city's most notable sites.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


16 Uniquely Miami Things to Buy

16 Uniquely Miami Things to Buy

One of America's most iconic destinations, Miami, Florida is a magnet for tourists, both inland and foreign, who come here each year in their millions. Each one of them is determined to pick up something memorable to revive the experience time and time again, that is well worth it. If...