Wanting to create a magnificent hotel, Ben Novack purchased Firestone Mansion in 1952 and hired architect Morris Lapidus, known for his modernist twist, to help realize his dream. When the hotel opened in 1954, it was the most luxurious in South Miami, and it remains one of the most architecturally significant buildings in South Beach. Its 17,000-square-foot lobby includes the legendary “Stairway to Nowhere.” Six acres of gardens were designed to replicate Versailles and antique furniture is throughout. Countless celebrities have visited Fountainebleau, including Elvis Presley.
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