Casa Casuarina

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The Villa, Casa Casuarina
Versace mansion - casa casuarina.jpg
Casa Casuarina also known as the Versace Mansion
General information
Location Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Technical details
Floor count 3
Other information
Number of suites 10
Number of restaurants 1

The Villa, Casa Casuarina, (also known as Versace Mansion) is a property previously owned by Italian fashion impresario Gianni Versace at Ocean Drive in the Miami Beach Architectural District, Florida. Nowadays it operates as a boutique hotel known as The Villa, Casa Casuarina.


The Villa Casa Casuarina was built in 1930[1] in Mediterranean Revival style, commissioned by architect Alden Freeman. There is a rumor 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, on July 15, 1997 Versace was killed in front of this house by Andrew Cunanan.

The Mansion was purchased by Peter Loftin for $19 million in 2000; he renovated the property to be used as a boutique hotel, restaurant and luxury event space. The restaurant was Il Sole at The Villa Casa Casuarina, the Mansion was bought by VM South Beach, LLC for 41.5 Million in 2013.[2] The Villa Casa Casuarina has been a luxury hotel, with ten unique suites and houses the renowned gourmet restaurant, Gianni's since 2015.



  1. ^ "History – The Villa Casa Casuarina". Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  2. ^ Frank, Robert (2013-09-17). "Versace mansion's $41.5 million sale disappoints". CNBC. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 

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