This beautiful building of Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture is a landmark Miami building and an important site for the Cuban-American community. Now a national historic landmark, Freedom Tower was used as a Cuban Assistance Center for Cuban refugees between 1962 and 1974.
Built in 1925, the building was originally the headquarters for the Miami News and in the 1960’s the federal government used the building to process Cuban refugees. A private foundation purchased the structure in 1997 and after extensive restoration; this eye-catching building became a monument for those that fled communist Cuba. It today belongs to Miami Dade College who use the building for major exhibitions and for displays that celebrate the building’s history and architectural significance.
Freedom Tower’s captivating style is a draw for photographers, admirers and students of architecture and history enthusiasts. The heavy oak doors, wrought iron balconies and stately columns create a uniquely Mediterranean appearance while the ornate copula crowns the tower. The eleven story tower is reminiscent of the Giralda Tower of the Cathedral of Seville.
Freedom Tower is on the campus of Miami Dade College. The second floor of the building houses an art gallery and exhibition space. The public is welcome and entry is free.