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Villa Serena

William Jennings Bryan Residence

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 ::  Villa Serena
 3115 Brickell Avenue
 Year Built: 1913
 Architect/Builder: unknown
 Date Designated: December 14, 2007

a. Winter home of the famed three-time presidential candidate, orator, and litigator William Jennings Bryan.  Villa Serena is a private residence located on Brickell Avenue, formerly known as "Millionaire's Row" and was the site of important gatherings and social events hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Bryan. 

Villa Serena is also a notable example of Mediterranean Revival architecture.  Constructed of poured concrete, the home was built to last.  Located on a site between Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Bay, the edifice takes full advantage of both the street and bay with facades on either side of almost equal prominence and architectural beauty.  Built in true Spanish estate splendor, the home features architectural details hand-selected by the Bryans such as wrought iron detailing and decorated tiles imported from Cuba. 

b. Historic postcard of Villa Serena.


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