The Miami Freedom Tower is Closed

Sofia Jones
 | July 31, 2023

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The much-loved Miami Freedom Tower is officially closed to visitors for a much-needed multi-million dollar repair — just in time for it’s centennial celebration in 2025.

Designed by Schultze & Weaver, and built in 1925 as the home of the city’s oldest newspaper, the Miami News, the Freedom Tower eventually became an emblem of the American dream for those seeking freedom and opportunity. Much like Ellis Island in New York City.

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The History of the Miami Freedom Tower

From 1962 to 1974, as ordered by the Kennedy Administration, the building served as the Cuban Refugee Assistance Center, providing crucial aid for hundreds of thousands of Cuban exiles fleeing political persecution.

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Following several decades of neglect, the Tower was rescued by Cuban American community leaders seeking to honor Miami’s Cuban legacy and donated to Miami Dade College in 2005. MDC restored the Freedom Tower and successfully obtained its National Historic Landmark designation in 2008, according to the college’s official website.

“The Freedom Tower is an essential piece of Miami’s rich history and a symbol of freedom and hope for many,” said Dr. Maryam Laguna Borrego, vice president for external affairs and strategy and chief of staff.

“As we approach the Tower’s centennial anniversary, we are grateful for this investment to help preserve its legacy for another hundred years.”

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