Vizcaya is a 180-acre estate
just south of Miami, FL
, at the end of Interstate 95
and adjacent to the Metrorail
Vizcaya Station. It replicates a self-sufficient Italian villa
on the shores of Biscayne Bay
. Originally the winter home
of businessman James Deering
, the 34-room mansion was designed by F. Burrall Hoffman
, and the gardens around it by Diego Suarez
. Construction on Vizcaya commenced in 1916 and was not completed until 1921: Deering himself died in 1925.
Twenty-five years after Deering's death, Miami-Dade County bought Vizcaya, fixed it up, and turned it into a museum. 200,000 people now visit Vizcaya every year, making it one of the most popular tourist spots in Miami.