There’s always a crowd outside the gates of Miami’s Versace Mansion, the third most photographed home in America, after the White House and Graceland.
Perhaps that’s due to its opulent, Mediterranean revivalist architecture. Perhaps it’s because of its association with one of the most famous fashion brands in the world. Or perhaps it’s related to its grisly history as the place where Andrew Cunanan murdered Gianni Versace.
Whatever reason you have to like it, we consider it an opulent piece of architecture and offering you to take a closer glance at it and get inspired.
The Versace Mansion is also known as The Villa, Casa Casuarina, which was built in 1930 in Mediterranean Revival style, commissioned by architect Alden Freeman, was renowned for being owned by Italian fashion impresario Gianni Versace from 1992 until his death, located on Ocean Drive in the Miami Beach.
The name translates to “house of the Australian pine” and speculation about its origin centers on a W. Somerset Maugham novel, “Under the Casuarina Tree”.
Gianni Versace purchased the original house for $2.95 million and the Revere Hotel next door for $3.7 million. He spent $32 million on renovations that included demolishing the Revere to make way for a pool, garden, and new south wing of the home.
The 24-apartment structure was turned into one, with eight bedrooms, two kitchens, three sitting rooms, 10 bathrooms, a bar, a library, and four living rooms, a terrace, a garden, a guesthouse, a swimming pool, and more.
The pool is perhaps the best symbol of Versace’s extravagance, inlaid with thousands of 24-karat gold tiles, imported from Italy.
Versace fabrics were upholstered over furniture, murals painted on ceilings, Picassos hung on the wall, and classical antiques placed in every room.
Nowadays The Villa, Casa Casuarina is operating as a luxury hotel.