Al Capone's Miami Beach home set for demolition or historic designation — or both

Al Capone's Miami Beach home set for demolition or historic designation — or both

2021-09-07 8:16:00 PM

Al Capone's Miami Beach home set for demolition or historic designation — or both

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Glaser told the Herald the home, which is about a metre below sea level, has flood damage and standing water underneath it.He and his business partner, Nelson Gonzalez, an investor and senior vice-president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM, paid US$10.75 million for the home, and plan to sell the rebuilt digs for US$45 million.

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Glaser, who often remodels and resells landmarked houses, told the Times he hadtorn down the propertythat had belonged to disgraced sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and replaced it with a new house.On Sept. 13 the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board is set to debate giving the Capone house historic designation, but Glaser said his plans will move ahead regardless.

In this Jan. 19, 1931 photo, mobster Al Capone is seen at a football game in Chicago.Capone paid US$40,000 for the Palm Island house in 1928 and spent many years there, hiding both from the Chicago chill in winter and undoubtedly from his prohibition-era enemies all year. Nicknamed Scarface, Capone died of a heart attack in one of the guest rooms at the Miami home in 1947. The colonial seven-bedroom house, which was refurbished in 2015, features three structures — the gate house, the main villa and the pool cabana.

It is also here that it is believed plans were hatched for 1929’s, in which seven members of a rival gang were gunned down in a Chicago parking garage by men dressed as police officers, and remains an unsolved case.AdvertisementThis advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.

Article contentAt the end of a tree-lined walkway from the house, small beach area is fenced off from the shore of Biscayne Bay. Opposite is Hibiscus Island.Photo by Getty ImagesTainted though the current property may be, some don’t want it touched.Capone “wasn’t a saint by any means,” Miami Design Preservation League executive director Daniel Ciraldo told the Times. “But, at the same time, we think his home is a part of the history of our city: the good, the bad and the ugly. And we don’t think it should be torn down and replaced with a McMansion.”

The Times reported that an online petition to keep the mansion had more than 300 signatures as of Monday evening. But Glaser said he’d had “a tremendous amount of support” from people who feel the house should be torn down because Capone does not deserve remembrance. But more likely is that the residents of the area dislike the peace of their gated compounds being disturbed by boating sightseers out to catch a glimpse of the old hangout.

Unrelated to the house sale, Capone’s three granddaughtersare planning an auctionof some of his personal items, including diamond-encrusted jewelry with his initials, family photographs and his favourite handgun.They’re putting up 174 items at the Oct. 8 auction, which is set to be titled “A Century of Notoriety: The Estate of Al Capone.”

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