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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 the privilege.

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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