Freedom Tower Review
In the 1960s this ornate Spanish-baroque structure was the Cuban Refugee Center, processing more than 500,000 Cubans who entered the United States after fleeing Fidel Castro's regime. Built in 1925 for the Miami Daily News, it was inspired by the Giralda, an 800-year-old bell tower in Seville, Spain. Preservationists were pleased to see the tower's exterior restored in 1988. Today, it is owned by Miami Dade College (MDC), functioning as a cultural and educational center; it's also home to the MDC Musuem of Art + Design, which showcases a broad collection of contemporary Latin art as well works in the genres of minimalism and pop art. Admission is free to both the tower and museum.