Saturday, June 15, 2013

Villa Paula

Villa Paula (5811-5837 N. Miami Avenue) was built in the "Little Haiti" district of Miami in 1926 to house the Cuban consul, Senior Don Domingo Milord, and his wife, Paula. It was designed by a Cuban architect and constructed entirely of Cuban materials.

By the early 1970's, the building sadly fell into disuse and had become occupied by squatters and homeless, but was eventually restored to its full glory. Long said to be haunted, Villa Paula is now a key part of Miami "ghost tours". It has been said, among those who say such sort of things, that Paula's ghost can be seen walking its corridors and that poltergeists frequently do mischievous things here. (The Miami Herald named it the "most haunted house in Miami", so there, if it's in print it must be true, right?)

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