As I was looking around from the location where I took the photo posted yesterday of 1086 Ocean Drive, I noticed an observatory on the top of ‘The Villa by Barton G‘ as it is now officially titled, originally the Casa Casuarina and more commonly known as the Versace House. I thought it quite curious that there was an observatory here. I doubt there’s still a telescope there and I’d wager the light pollution from the local neighborhood would render all but the brightest stars invisible if there is. But what really struck me was how it was hidden in plain sight. There are actually very few places from which you can see it. You can’t see it from the street, you have to be out in the park between Ocean Drive and the beach and then get the right break in the trees. This was, of course, Gianni Versace’s home and he was murdered on the steps to the mansion back in 1997. It’s now a boutique hotel and restaurant.