Mr. Deering really wanted a motorized gondola at Vizcaya. They never worked out the motor but there were gondolas in the past and there are still gondola ornaments in the house collection.
Now we have fabulous actual gondola ornaments in the shop straight from a gondola ornament fabricator in Venice Italy. Valese has been making gondola ornaments since 1913, just about as long as somebody has been thinking about Vizcaya.
The hippocanthus is gleaming and ready for our opening day on May 18th. Come see him and the gorgeous mermaid and be a part of Vizcaya's new history.