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Versace Mansion - The Villa Casa Casuarina, Miami

Versace Mansion - The Villa Casa Casuarina, Miami

Villa Casa Casuarina, also known as Versace Mansion for being the former home of the late Italian designer Gianni Versace, was built in 1930s. The original owner and designer, Alden Freeman, when visiting Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, saw the Alcazar De Colon built by Diego Columbus (Christopher Columbus’s Son) during the early 16th century. Freeman was impressed by beauty of Alcazar De Colon so after he came back to Florida, he built his private mansion modeled after Alcazar De Colon.

Villa Casa Casuarina was later purchased by the Italian clothes designer Gianni Versace, hence the new name. Tragically, Gianni Versace was murdered in front of the building in 1997.

According to the legend, the name of the mansion came from the last tree that remaining on the lot where the mansion was built after a hurricane that hit Miami in 1926. It was the only tree remaining while all other trees were uprooted by the hurricane. The name of the tree was the Casuarina Equisetifolia, which is more commonly known as the Australian Pine Tree.

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Sight Name: Versace Mansion - The Villa Casa Casuarina
Sight Location: Miami, USA
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