’70s Architect Chayo Frank Lists His Miami Jungle House for $15M




Chayo Frank, architect of the famously eclectic Amertec Building in Hialeah, has listed his own home, an equally bold creation in Ponce-Davis, for $14.995 million. Although the Amartec Building, a freeform concrete structure that looked like a fantastical abstraction of a sea monster, was demolished a few years ago, Frank’s house, luckily, is beautifully pristine.

Designed and built by Frank in 1974, it looks nothing like Amertec, yet it was designed for its context in an extremely comprehensive way. Check out the listing description and photos, below.

This iconic Ponce-Davis home, designed by renowned Miami architect Chayo Frank as his personal residence, embraces the natural jungle environment that surrounds it, creating a truly unique and one-of-a-kind house which could not be built anywhere but South Florida. With a skeleton of structural steel beams encased in California Redwood, the 5, 000 square foot house’s vast living room features large windows looking out onto a richly planted garden of tropical and subtropical species. Built in the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright, the house features a freeform pool with 50-foot lap lane, paths winding around coral rock grottos, many terraces, a double-height master bedroom, an impressive guest suite, and a tree-house-like office accessed by ladder.

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