The mansion where Al Capone lived and died is torn down in the face of the Miami real estate boom


The house in Miami-Dade where Al Capone lived and died has been demolished, despite efforts from cultural and historical heritage preservation groups to save it. 

The mansion, built in the 1920s and located on Palm Island in Biscayne Bay, was sold in 2021 for $15.5 million to a limited liability company.

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Despite preservation attempts, the house was demolished, sparking outrage from those who considered it to have historical and cultural value. 

The property once belonged to Clarence Busch of the Anheuser-Busch dynasty, the world's largest beer company. In 1928, Al Capone purchased the residence for $40,000 and lived there until his death in 1947 from a heart attack.

The house was deemed an important part of local and American history. Despite a multimillion-dollar renovation that left the mansion in impeccable condition, the decision to demolish it prevailed.

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The community expressed concern about losing a historic site connected to the Prohibition era and alcohol ban, which influenced the growth of South Florida.

This demolition has sparked debates about the balance between real estate development and preserving historical sites, highlighting the need for decisions that respect and value cultural and architectural heritage.