The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College has a rich and diverse history that is reflective of the city in which it stands. Established in 1925 as the official headquarters of the Miami New Times, the tower was reestablished in the 1960s as a medical center for Cuban refugees fleeing Castro’s regime. Post refugee movement, the federal government sold the tower to various buyers but eventually shut it down. Later on, Jorge Mas Canosa, initiator of the Cuban American National Foundation, bought the landmark and restored it into a monument for Cuban immigrants. Ultimately in 2005, developer Pedro Martin and his company, Terra Group, donated The Freedom Tower to Miami Dade College.
Today, the Freedom Tower, found in the center of Miami’s business district, serves as an iconic landmark reflecting the city’s cultural history. The Tower is not only a beautifully structured, artistic building, but it is also now home to the Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design. The tower continues to be in movement today as both museum exhibits and visitors come and go—living on as a true testament to the Miami spirit: one of beauty, diversity, and change.
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