The World’s Most Famous Houses: Versace Mansion – The third most photographed home in America, Miami’s Versace Mansion, has become one of the world’s most famous homes. Not only because of its association with one of the most famous fashion brands in the world but because of the tragic death of Gianni Versace’s in its front steps. However, the sheer magnitude and elaborate signature details of the property show the attention that Versace once put into restoring the historic home following its prior owners.
The Versace Mansion
The opulent three stored Villa is known for its Mediterranean revivalist architecture and has a long history since its building in 1930 by architect Alden Freeman and has now become an exclusive only member club: the Villa Casa Casuarina. Though the Versace family took many of the signature relics of the house after Versace’s passing, most of the original interior is still intact. The hotel group reproduced furniture and touched up aspects of the rooms based on archival photos to replicate Versace’s home as close as possible to the original. Some pieces that stayed the same are the baroque style chandeliers, who complimented every extravagant room and the Moroccan style ceiling lights, who compliment the bathrooms and the gardens.
Inspired by Greco-Roman antiquity, Versace expressed a vision of his heritage throughout the house as he did in his designs.
The mosaic garden pool is made from 24-karat gold mosaic tiles inspired by Versace’s Marine Vanita print seen on his silk scarfs.
The most impressive of all were the suites were the ones Versace lovingly created for his family. Four suites occupy the first floor of the courtyard: the “Signature Suite” for his older brother Santo, the “Azure suite” in powder blue for his nephew Daniel, the “Aviary suite” for his niece Allegra’s love of birds, and the “Venus suite” for his beloved sister Donatella.
The Venus Suite (Donatella Versace’s room) in Gianni Versace’s former mansion.
The Villa shower in Gianni Versace’s former mansion
The Villa Suite (Gianni Versace’s room) in Gianni Versace’s former mansion.
The Aviary Suite (Allegra Versace’s room) in Gianni Versace’s former mansion.
The Azure Suite (Daniel Versace’s room) in Gianni Versace’s former mansion.
The Mansion is still one of the best symbols of Versace’s extravagance. A piece of Versace’s impressive legacy resides in the home as versace fabrics were upholstered over furniture, murals painted on ceilings, Picassos hung on the wall, and classical antiques placed in every room and, as in any luxury home, Chandeliers work a statement piece that can transform the space.