National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

PhotosCincinnati, Ohio

While taking a friend around recently, exploring restaurants and downtown, I realized we hadn’t visited the Freedom Center that opened in August of 2004.

The building, quite ominous from the backside facing the city, emerged slowly between the newly built stadiums on the riverfront. There are few windows with curved walls of stone from Italy and copper panels (said to be an homage to the Ohio River). This model from the architects offers a good perspective from the other side.

So all this time I just knew it as this colossal building that would become the “Freedom Center.” I had no expectations going in, but I will admit that I assumed it was a museum.

I think I was wrong.