The original owner for this mansion was known as Alden Freeman, who was a philanthropist and author. Alden Freeman was also an architect and he was the one who built this mansion, which was known as Casa Casuarina in 1930. He lived here until 1937 when he died and Jacques Amsterdam purchased it. Gianni Versace purchased Casa Casuarina in 1992 at a price of $2.9 million. Read more on http://gomiami.about.com/od/miamibeachsouthbeach/a/History-Of-Casa-Casuarina.htm.