When Chicago industrialist James Deering had his palatial retreat built on Biscayne Bay, the Magic City was still a sleepy hamlet with less than 10,000 residents. The cosmopolitan bachelor, who crashed at his swank tropical crib only during the winter months between 1916 and 1925, had traveled to Italy with artist Paul Chaflin to visit highfalutin homesteads that would inspire his gilded getaway. Upon returning, the wealthy magnate hired architect F. Burrall Hoffman Jr. and garden designer Diego Suarez to transform the 180-acre site into a grand estate, complete with lagoons, canals, citrus groves, a farm village, a yacht harbor, and a 40-room... More >>>