Miami Beach Hotel That Hosted the Beatles Is Demolished
The former home of the Beatles in Florida has been leveled to make way for a hotel that may house the Eagles or other big band entertainment. In addition to the hotel, the town of Jupiter also will take an 18-story office tower.
Jupiter Mayor Wayne Dunn was interviewed by The Tampa Bay Times Thursday, a day after demolition crews began tearing down the home that served as the first stop for the Beatles and other acts in the 1960s. He said there was nothing to worry about.
“It’s not going to be a big mess,” Dunn told the newspaper. “It’s just being taken down.”
The building, which was built as a single-family residence, also was known as the Paradise Motel. The Beatles, who used to live there from 1960 to 1964, later rented out the property as a live-in residence for Ringo Starr, according to the Times.
The site of the former house will be used for a “cultural center,” according to a statement from the town of Jupiter. The location is currently under renovation and will be announced during a news conference Friday afternoon at the location.
The Beatles’ former home was built in 1957. The home is also being demolished, along with the remains of the home of former Sen. Frank Lautenberg, including his daughter’s childhood home, according to the Times. The site will be a wildlife preserve.
The home in Jupiter, which is located 25 miles northeast of Fort Lauderdale, is estimated to be worth $6 million.
The home of the Beatle is only six blocks from Disney, which is one of the largest employers in the area, according to ABC News affiliate WPLG.
The home is adjacent to Interstate 75, which was built in the 1960s to make way for a new bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.
According to the Times, the home was designed by architect William Ivey Edwards.