This is the great cruising strip of Miami; an endless parade of classic cars, testosterone-sweating young men, peacocklike young women,...
Miami Design Preservation League
Tells the stories and history behind the art-deco buildings in South Beach, either with a lively guide from the Miami Design...
This beach promenade, a wavy ribbon sandwiched between the beach and Ocean Dr, extends from 5th St to 15th St. A popular location for...
What makes Italo-Spanish, sea-kissed cuisine like rigatoni and pork cheek even better? Enjoying it in the deco-does-Poseidon’s palace...
1114 Ocean Dr · interesting places nearby
Casa Casuarina information
Perhaps more widely known as the Versace Mansion, Casa Casuarina was the residence of late fashion designer Gianni Versace. Long before Versace, however, the 1930 building was known as the Amsterdam Palace. A Mediterranean Revival house constructed partially of coral and featuring exposed timbers, the three-story palace was modeled after the Governor’s House in Santo Domingo (where Christopher Columbus’ son laid his head). When Versace purchased the property in the early 1980s, he locked horns with local preservationists after announcing plans to tear down a neighboring hotel so he could build a pool. After a battle, the moneyed designer won – but also struck a deal that would allow for law changes, saving more than 200 other historic hotels in the process.