The Villa by Barton G. opens at Casa Casuarina

  • Barton Weiss, operator of The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- stands on the south wing's mosaic patio, featuring a large Medusa's head, Gianni Versace's personal logo, in front of the waterfall pool, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as he prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A detail from the steps, which feature golf-leaf mosaic tiles, into the mosaic waterfall pool at The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Barton Weiss, operator of The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- walks around the mosaic waterfall pool, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as he prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Maids clean one of the many suites that have original Versace ceiling paintings at The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- Thursday, March 4, 2010, as Barton G. Weiss prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Barton Weiss, operator of The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- shows a maid how to tuck in the bedspread in The Villa Suite, where Gianni Versace slept, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as he prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Water nymphs adorn a vase in the Garden Suite at The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot prepares to open soon at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Barton Weiss, operator of The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- takes in the view from the observatory, perched above the three-story mansion, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as he prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Barton Weiss, operator of The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- sits on a sofa in the Empire Suite, in front of one of the many frescoes throughout the mansion, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as he prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Barton Weiss, operator of The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- walks out of the Empire Suite into a rotunda decorated with frescoes on the walls and ceiling, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as he prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A detail from an atrium skylight at The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Barton Weiss, operator of The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- admires the intricate work on the skylight and railing in an atrium between the Mediallion and Mosaic Suites, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as he prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Barton Weiss, operator of The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- inspects the Medallion Suite, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as he prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Barton Weiss, operator of The Villa by Barton G., at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- smoothes an intricate bedspread, one of many throughout the mansion, in the Mosaic Suite, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as he prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Juan DeLeon, who lived at Casa Casuarina -- now operated as The Villa by Barton G. -- when it was owned by Gianni Versace, walks through the courtyard beneath a window-mounted bell, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot prepares to open at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A woman pushes her poodle in a stroller past the front gates at Casa Casuarina --famously known as the Versace mansion and now open as The Villa by Barton G. -- Thursday, March 4, 2010 on Miami Beach. Fashion designer Gianni Versace was gunned down on these steps in 1997. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The front gates at Casa Casuarina -- more famously known as the Versace mansion -- display the mansion's new name, The Villa by Barton G., Thursday, March 4, 2010, as events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss prepares to open the exclusive hotel, restaurant and night spot at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. JOHN VANBEEKUM / MIAMI HERALD STAFF