Venetian Townhouse



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Built in 1923, this building was was designed by architect H. G. Fink as a miniature Venetian palace.
Originally, the building contained three stores on
the first floor and an apartment on the second floor.

Over the years the building changed hands, be-
coming a restaurant on two occasions and -
horrors for the staid city of Coral Gables - a house
of ill repute complete with a bar.

The last owner rented the building to a young
couple and it turned into a hippie haven. After a
drug bust, the building was closed and condemned.

The property owner and I began a two year, often frustrating procedure of getting it un-condemned.
We turned it into a duplex with two spacious town homes.

It won top honors in the Coral Gables
Chamber of Commerce Keep the City Beautiful Committee's Grand Beatification Award for 1977.





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A view of the living room from the bar/kitchenette.

A full kitchen and dining area are upstairs.





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A shot of the living room with the
front door in the background, and
the stairs to the kitchen, dining area,
and the master suite.







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The living room from the opposite
side of the room. On the left is the bar/kitchenette. To the left of that
a full bath. The door leads to a
guest bedroom.

Forgive the damage to the photo.
My portfolio barely survived the hurricane; Andrew '92.





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Guest room shower stall.





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This is the master bedroom suite.

On the right is the entrance to a
large walk in shower.

To the left of that, the vanity; made
from an early American wheat bin.

Next on the right is the door to
a walk in closet.



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