The former Versace residence, located at 1100-1116 Ocean Drive in South Beach
Casa Casuarina was built in 1930 and modeled after the Alcazar de Colonin Santo Domingo, a residence built in 1510 by the son of Christopher Columbus and reputedly the oldest existing house in the western hemisphere.
Gianni Versace purchased the building in 1992 for $2.9 million. After receiving city approval, he demolished the hotel next door, and a two-story, 6,100-foot addition was built, transforming it into Versace’s Miami Beach house. [Miami Beach 411]
UPDATE: Here’s a photo of Casa Casuarina fka “Amsterdam Palace” before Versace renovated the property. Question is: was it better now, or then?
A little warning: since the following links are about the early days of South Beach, some of the material and goings-ons in the posts may be considered objectionable. Ok, now click away!