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Villa Carlesia: 1939

Villa Carlesia: 1939

April 1939. "Part of Florida home in wealthy residential section. Miami Beach, Florida." Acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Bohn to Ricky

The manse was only two years old when Wolcott took this photo. Architects Carlos Schoeppl and George Maguelo built it for Detroit-based Charles Bohn and his family, who made their fortune on bronze, brass, and futuristic dreamworks that are the subject of several beautiful but quite affordable prints. It was later owned by the Wolfson family, whose members owned the Wometco movie theater chain, built the Seaquarium, founded the Wolfsonian Museum, and produced a mayor of Miami Beach (Mitchell Wolfson Sr.).
Less than two years after Enrique "Ricky" Martin's record-shattering crossover hit album and singles, he picked up this home for $6.4 million, held it for four years, sold it for $10.6 million and then moved a few doors up the street, to 5130 N. Bay Road. For more, see

Beyond the pale

I take note from which side of the gate the photographer is taking her picture.

Mirrored lions

Who knew that lions could be either right or left handed?

Only 80 miles from Belle Glade

... in the unlikely event that the owner of Villa Carlesia wanted to drop by.

Product Placement

The entrance loggia served as backdrop for this photo in the 1960 Imperial sales brochure.

Not bad at all

5030 North Bay Road. Some changes, but appears all intact (plus incredible tree growth).

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