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Home NEWS Filipiniana FHL celebrates Nielson Tower’s 75th year with mini-exhibit

FHL celebrates Nielson Tower’s 75th year with mini-exhibit

In celebration of the 75th year of Nielson Tower, the Filipinas Heritage Library invites the public to learn more about the building’s colorful past through a mini-exhibit. Entitled “Nielson’s Story,” the mini-exhibit may now be viewed at the library’s basement gallery.

Built in 1937, the Nielson Tower is the only existing pre–World War II structure in the Makati Central Business District. It served as the control tower of the Nielson Airport, one of Asia’s first international commercial airports. When the airport was transferred to Nichols Field a few years after the war, Nielson Tower was used for various purposes—to become the headquarters of the Ayala Police Detachment, an office for the Ayala-owned Integrated Property Management Corporation, the exclusive Nielson Tower Club and Restaurant, and most recently, the Filipinas Heritage Library.

Nielson Tower is considered by the National Historical Commission as a heritage site. Its transformation into one of the country’s leading electronic all-Filipiniana libraries has also been recognized by both the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization as a model for the adaptive reuse of an existing heritage structure.

Aside from this mini-exhibit, FHL has lined up a series of activities to celebrate the 75th year of the Nielson Tower.