Casa Casuarina

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The Villa By Barton G
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General information
Location Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Technical details
Floor count 3
Other information
Number of suites 10
Number of restaurants 1

Casa Casuarina, also known as Versace Mansion is a mansion at Ocean Drive in the Miami Beach Architectural District, Florida. Nowadays it's a boutique hotel known as The Villa By Barton G.


The house was built in 1930 in Mediterranean Revival style, commissioned by Alden Freeman. There is a rumour that during construction a time capsule was hidden in one of the walls. When Freeman died in 1937 the house was bought by Jacques Amsterdam who changed it into an apartment building naming it The Amsterdam Palace.

In 1992 it was purchased by Gianni Versace to become his residence in South Beach. He restored and expanded the building by adding a south wing and a pool. Versace completely redecorated it. A lot of famous people stayed in the house. On July 15, 1997 Versace was killed in front of this house by Andrew Cunanan.

In 1999 Barton G. Weiss took over the mansion to convert it into a hotel, restaurant and event location.


Coordinates: 25°46′55.20″N 80°7′50.20″W / 25.7820000°N 80.1306111°W / 25.7820000; -80.1306111