Despite his illegal actions, the infamous Al Capone he had managed to gain his own fans. People today who may be upset at the news that his imposing mansion in Miami is being demolished.
The mansion in Miami, where Capone spent the last years of his life, will soon be demolished, grunge.com reports according to the National Post, as the property was bought with the intention of destroying and creating in its place from the beginning a new and brand new house.
Al Capone: His imposing mansion in Miami is being demolished
The property passed into the hands of Todd Michael Glaser and Nelson Gonzalez from Florida, who claim for the demolition that the house is in a miserable condition. “Demolition is a security measure. The house sucks. “It’s a shame.” The mansion, built in 1922, is located one meter below sea level and has suffered extensive flooding in the basement in the last century.
However, there are many historians who claim that the office insists on demolishing the house for profit. Capone’s mansion is located on an exclusive island between Miami and Miami Beach and although Glaser and Gonzalez bought the property for $ 10.75 million, they hope to build a new property that aims to reach about $ 45 million, according to the report. grunge.com.
This particular mansion was the place where Capone planned the so-called “Valentine’s Day” massacre, as well as the place where he died in 1947, after suffering a heart attack in the guest room. In addition, Capone’s home in Miami was the key to the downfall of the once notorious criminal. According to grunge.com, then-President Herbert Hoover lived across the bay, witnessing outrageous house-to-house parties. The luxury nights ended up being used as evidence when Capone was eventually convicted of tax fraud.
However, there is a small chance that the mansion will be saved thanks to the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board, which has scheduled a debate on the future of the Capone home. According to the Miami Herald, the mansion appears to meet three of the eight requirements of the Miami Beach City Code to qualify as a historic building – although it only takes one to qualify.
These include “distinctive features of a historical period”, “correlation with events that have contributed significantly to the history of the city, county, state or nation” and “correlation with the lives of important people in the history of the city”.
Some critics of the effort to save the house, including Glaser himself, have argued that keeping the house as a monument is like praising Capone and his deeds. However, others insisted that preserving history was not the same as worshiping it.
“We believe that Capone’s house is part of the history of our city: the good, the bad and the bad. “And we do not think it should be torn down and replaced with a new one,” said director Daniel Siraldo, a Miami Design Preservation League executive.