Miami home that ‘The Beatles’ visited during first trip to US to be demolished
A home in Miami, Fla., "The Beatles" visited on their first trip to America in 1964 is to be demolished.
According to Curbed, papers commissioning total demolition of the Melvin Grossman-designed residence at 5750 North Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL, have been submitted and the wrecking ball will take the historic home down soon.
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The home was owned by Paul Pollak, a prominent hotelier who owned the Thunderbird Motel. "The Beatles" came to the house after Life Magazine shifted the venue of a photo shoot, which was slated to be held at the Deauville Hotel. The mob at the hotel was uncontrollable and the shoot had become impossible.
Linda Pollak, daughter of Paul Pollak , who is now running a PR firm Linda Pollack Associates, recalled the whole event for Chicago Tribune. Comedian Myron Cohen, who was in town to shoot the "Ed Sullivan Show" along with the Beatles, was her mother's friend and he insisted on bringing the Brit boys to the house for the photo shoot.
Apparently, the Beatles were quite impressed with the house. They even came back the next day to spend time with Linda and her brothers.
"A friend told me that many years later, she heard one of them in some obscure interview. He was asked what he remembered about his first trip to America, and he claimed he remembered spending the day in Miami Beach at some fancy house," Linda recollected.
The residence at 5750 North Bay Rd is a 7,856-square-foot, single-family residence, comprised of five bedrooms and four bathrooms. It last sold for $1.3 million in 1997 and Zillow estimates its worth to be about $6.67 million.
Life magazine took several pictures of the boys in the pool of the house. However, they published only one photo from the album.
"We'd told Brian we wanted a pool, and a guy from a record company had one. Looking back, it was quite a modest little pool for Miami. Not a huge affair. We would go round there in the afternoon and not get bothered. It was great - four Liverpool lads, you know: 'Get your cozzies on.' Life magazine was taking photos of us swimming," Paul McCartney recalled, according to Beatles Bible.
You can take a look at the pictures here.
When the Beatles first crossed the ocean to visit the States, they didn't know how popular they were.
"We heard that our records were selling well in America but it wasn't until we stepped off the plane ... that we understood what was going on. Seeing thousands of kids there to meet us made us realize just how popular we were there," George Harrison noted, according to TIME magazine's book "TIME The Beatle Invasion!: The inside story of the two-week tour that rocked America."
The iconic band made its first stop in New York City and stayed at the Plaza Hotel. They came to Miami to play at the Deauville Hotel and shoot their second appearance at the "Ed Sullivan show." Their first appearance, which was just a week earlier, had broken all TV show records of the time.