The many lives of the Versace mansion, a Miami Beach landmark

Passing through Miami to Cuba in the early 1990s, luxury fashion designer Gianni Versace asked his cab driver to show him something “fancy and fun about Miami.”The cab driver chose South Beach. After a few minutes at the News Cafe, Versace saw something akin to the zeitgeist of Saint-Tropez and Capri during the 1970s — and made a snap decision.

“Why do we not stay here and not go to Cuba,” Versace recounted in an interview to the Miami Herald in 1993. “It was love at first sight.”

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