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Miami Freedom Tower
Origins of the Miami Freedom Tower
The Miami Freedom Tower was constructed in 1925 as a testament to Cuban
immigration to America. The original purpose of the building was to be
the location of the Miami News & Metropolis newspaper. In 1979 it
was officially added to the US National Register of Historic Places for
its purpose as a memorial to the immigration. Later on, in 2008, it became
officially registered as a National Historic Landmark. By the 1960s, when
Cuban refugees were trying to escape their communist regime, the building
was used to help them with basic health and official documentation for
their immigration. But once this began to die down in the early 1970s,
the building was sold by the government and ultimately in the late 1990s
ownership was transferred to Jorge Mas Canosa, a very prominent member
of the Cuban-American community. He paid a staggering $1.4 million for
Details of the Miami Freedom Tower
The tower can be found at 600 Biscayne Boulevard at the Miami Dade College
(Wolfson Campus). The style of the tower is Mediterranean Revival and
parts of it follows a style akin to the Giralda Tower (Seville, Spain).
The tower is practical too: it has a library, meeting hall and museum
as well as the Cuban American National Foundation offices. There have
been attempts to modernize it by building a condominium next to it but
this was prevented by a group of strong-willed preservationists. For visitors
in Miami, it is a great place to see, but for anyone who is interested
in it from an architectural point of view, it is a better idea to look
at it from afar. It has an incredible amount of detail that can be seen
in a better light this way. For those living in Miami, it forms a part
of their everyday vision through the skyline.
Interesting exhibitions at the Miami Freedom Tower
In recent years, visitors to the tower would have been able to see the
works of Dali, Goya and Da Vinci as these exhibitions have been put on
by the Miami Dade
College. Interestingly in the past it has also been used
as a sniper’s post in “Hit List” from Miami Vice.
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