Vizcaya one of historic homes featured in Fort Myers Florida Weekly

The East facade of the Main House. Photo by Robyn Hill

August 10, 2022

Fort Myers Florida Weekly



WHEN YOU THINK OF HOMES in Florida, you almost immediately envision a three-bedroom, two-bath home with a garage, sprinkler system and a lanai.

But a century ago, you’d have been grateful if that house had electricity and indoor plumbing and doors and windows strong enough to keep rodents, snakes and alligators at bay — forget air conditioning.


From Fort Myers, we travel south along the Tamiami Trail, past Naples, and on to Miami, then head down U.S. 1 to Coconut Grove.

It was there that James Deering built his own version of a palazzo on Biscayne Bay.

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