The slow reveal

I’ve had this same building appear in my dreams three times now and I’ve wondered what’s up with it. It’s a pale yellow building, and I’m thinking it’s somewhere in an older section of Miami based on a couple of details, but it might not be. It has two floors above ground and one below. The middle floor has come up as having a center entrance/lobby that’s no longer in use and a space that’s open on one end to the outside, and it’s shown up once as housing a little cafe/bodega, and once as housing an ice cream shop. In both cases, a hallway towards the center of the building accesses a restroom and kitchen area to the other side of that center entrance.

The center entrance is the intriguing part though. As you go through it, there’s a space where a narrow wooden staircase would have once stood, since removed. It would have gone up one floor to a hallway to where there are some living areas, and down one floor into a basement level which continues WAY out of sight. There is no other obvious way to get into the basement level, but the living areas above seem to be in active use.

It’s partially built into or against a hill.

The first time I saw it in a dream I just noticed the basement level and missing staircase. A roughly built wood railing would keep one from walking into the hole. I began to contemplate sneaking in a ladder somehow so I could climb down there and see where it went.

The second time I was in this building in a dream, someone had sort of covered the hole with plywood but it was really obvious it was still there.

The third time, it was back open again, and I found the entrance to the upper level. A staircase outside the other end of the building took me up there and it was a hallway to some apartments. The hallway had amazing royal blue carpeting.

However, this third time, I was reading SOMETHING that gave the history of the building, and had diagrams, showing this building and others nearby. It had been constructed in the late 1800s out of wood and stone or coral rock. The basement level wasn’t a floor of the building, but rather an opening into a tunnel system that connected at least a dozen different structures in the same early settlement! The tunnels were originally kind of a happy accident, the result of an excavation during the construction process that the builders found would be trivial to just cut-and-cover to leave as a set of passages for everyone to use, shielded from the weather. It kind of barely went below actual ground level at that point because this building was built on a hill, and continued into the hill or ridge to go through two other residential buildings, a church, and a theater. Only the church remained in its original form. Someone’s account of having gone down the tunnel in recent years was in this article, where they found someone had partially filled that branch with concrete, but not enough to limit passage to where it went under a nearby street.

In this third dream appearance, the side of the first floor opposite the ice cream shop also housed a small datacenter room.

I wonder what the significance of this may be?