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A One-of-a-Kind Living Experience.

“Now more than ever, in today’s world, a home should be a Sanctuary Paradise”

As a young architecture student at the University of Oklahoma, I studied the “Organic Architecture” philosophy of the prolific and renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, under the guidance of the very distinguished American architect, Bruce Goff, known for his eclectic and often flamboyant designs. My career began in the 1960s when I designed what came to be known as one of Miami’s highly creative architectural landmarks, the Amertec Building. The aesthetics have been compared to the styles of world renowned architects Antonio Gaudi, surrealist artist, Max Ernst and symbolist artist Gustav Klimt. From 1967, immediately after graduating from the University of Oklahoma, to roughly 1970, I experienced the creation of what was to become my unique, artistic selfexpression of original aesthetics and concepts. Because I had been ingrained with the concept that personal individuality was sacrosanct, I did not question their validity, and they became the essence of my design approach to architecture, drawing and sculpting. Chayo Frank

Gucci Vuitton is Proud to Announce Chayo Frank: Sculptures 1969 – 2012 This exhibition is a survey of abstract ceramic sculptures beginning with his early output in the late 1960s through to his re-entry into artistic practice in the early 2000s and on to the present day. In 1967, Chayo Frank graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in architecture. His father, owner of Amertec-Granada Inc., offered the recent grad a dream opportunity: to design and build the company’s office building. At age 23, fresh from studying under master innovator of American organic architecture, Bruce Goff, unburdened by fear, yet fully aware of the pragmatic necessities of his father’s business, Frank set off to build the Amertec Building, which is now widely considered to be a hidden, yet truly unique architectural landmark in Miami. Completed around 1969 and constructed utilizing a building technique that involves spraying concrete over “metal cages” of curved reinforcing bars and wire mesh, Frank’s Amertec Building is an uncompromising bio-mechanical assemblage of inverted anatomical appendages, ribbed conduits, psychedelic swirls and ocular accents. During the construction of the Amertec Building, Frank also began sculpting in clay which he found intuitive to explore abstract in three dimensions. At times, he used the traditional technique of glazing and firing his sculptures, but soon found that with painting the surface and adding extraneous elements as ornamentation he was able to give an individualist breath to

the works, reminiscent of flora and fauna. Like his approach to the Amertec building, the most prominent feature that dominates his sculptural output throughout the years has been a studied and playful commitment to bio-organic forms. In any given work by Frank, one notes a rhythmic, often melodic methodology, creating an anatomical logic that would lead one to perceive them as individualistic organisms, with mysterious yet vitally functional limbs, centers of sentience and sensory organs akin the exoticism found in Indonesian sea slugs. While sharing affinities with other 20th century pioneers of organic aesthetics such as Gustav Klimt, Antonio Gaudí, Max Ernst and Javier Senosiain, along with 1970s Sci-fi illustration artists like Dan McParlin, H.R. Giger and Chris Foss, to ceramic sculptors like Ron Nagel and Ken Price, Frank’s work is divergent and unique in its exploration of tropicality. Distancing himself from any conceptual discourse or narrative, tropicality is the one theme that Frank openly assigns to his sculptural entities. Being a Miami resident since the 1960s, Frank immersed himself in the tropical flora and fauna that can exist here in South Florida and it radiates from the curves, crevices, colors and organelles in his sculptures. This lifelong romance with and exploration of tropicality is what contextualizes Frank as an essential, though often overlooked, innovator of aesthetics and form here in South Florida.

Bruce Goff and the University of Oklahoma School of Architecture The first step in my artistic evolution was the approach of encouraging Artistic Individuality practiced at the University of Oklahoma School of Architecture. Creative originality was considered the primary goal at this school. Here, architecture, besides solving the functional aspects of each project, should also be a work of art, and the curriculum was designed to help each student explore and develop his unique, artistic self-expression of concepts and aesthetics. I soon learned that Bruce Goff, someone I had never heard of, had initiated this approach when he was director of the school in the late 1940s until the mid 1950s, and the designs done by the students during his tenure were incredibly imaginative and beautiful!

The underlying essence of Goff’s approach was, as in my upbringing, an unconditional acceptance of each student’s unique qualities. Goff would always show the student that his project had aspects that were better than the student realized, thus building a self-confidence in the student to believe in his innate talent. Any competition, therefore, was not between students as to whose designs were better, but rather within each student to further explore and develop his unique selfexpression. Goff had virtually unleashed the qualities of originality and creativity to a profound degree pertaining to architectural design. He had made the University of Oklahoma School of Architecture into the greatest school of architecture.

The House

Part of the design style is the use of natural building materials to aesthetically relate to the home’s natural surroundings.


The essential aspect of the design of this home is its various interior atmospheres within an expansive open space. The concept feels open, inviting and unrestricted, enhancing a joyful and almost playful style. Each space provides a Zen and harmonious environment that is serene and secluded, created by the design of the home and gardens that envelopes and transports you into a private world. Resonating with an atmosphere of beauty and tranquility, this is indeed a Sanctuary Paradise.

Grand Salon

The main dining room overlooking the pool area highlights the uniqueness and privacy afforded by the property’s perimeter rock ledges. The room’s magnificent walls of glass exhibit the flow of the interior spaces into the exterior gardens. Uniquely below street level, it is surrounded by natural limestone rock that create a totally seclued sanctuary. This unique attribute along with the home and garden’s design create a Tropical Paradise in a very Private World.

The most unique aspect of this home’s interior is that it was designed to be visual in all directions to the exterior gardens with spatial flows.

The style and design concept

Sections and Elevations At just under 5,000 SF, on a verdant corner lot that is 33,715 SF, this home resonates with design and nature lovers. Built in the “Organic” style of the great architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff, it integrates natural locally sourced limestone rock in a structural wall that snakes from the exterior through the interior spaces. Steel beams and columns make up the home’s structural skeleton which gives the sloping roofline

its functional and distinctive aesthetic and render the home as an absolute fortress. The design and use of superior materials and forms found in the natural landscape transcend the norms of traditional architecture. The exquisite craftsmanship in the interior and exterior woodwork of this home by far exceed those seen in most residences today.

The Grotto

The interiors

This house was designed to be visual and open in all directions to the exterior gardens and spatial flows. Rather than dividing it into rooms, the main central living space is designed to be open and airy, comfortable and unrestricting. It is a central space with extra-large floor to ceiling expanses of glass and sliding glass doors. It was not designed to be a work of art, per se, but designed to facilitate an atmosphere of free-flowing space and balance.
 The 25’ foot high volume ceiling also creates this sense of space. These unique attributes create a living environment unlike any other home. Accentuating this space is a 10’ foot high curving natural limestone rock wall that extends from the exterior through the interior to further enhance the connection between environments. In between the glass expanses are redwood walls that further delineate the Entrance Foyer, Master Bedroom wing and Kitchen area.

A second-floor bedroom overlooks the garden and serves as a tranquil working space tastefully decorated with custom bookcases.

On the first floor, an intimate seating area within the open floor plan is cozy and inviting.

Master Suite

The extraordinary Master Suite is a sanctuary in and of itself. Offering a spatial openness with exceptionally high, sloping 20’ ceilings and large sliding glass doors, it overlooks the very private enclosed gardens created by the solid natural limestone rock wall that curves outside of the Master Suite and Master Bath.

Guest Suite

The rich wood tones, high ceilings and private balcony overlooking the gardens are among the guest suite’s best features.

organic sanctuary paradise A private world is created.

The seven different species of Heliconias, along with Hawaiian Red Gingers, Giant Crinum Lily, and other flowering species planted throughout the verdant garden add vibrant color with their exotic blooms.

Garden Design

Plant specimens Banana plants Cycads Dieffenbachia Maidenhair Ferns Gingers Heliconias

Aroids / East & Southeast Asia

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear / Xanthosoma Saggitifolium Elephant Ear / Alocasia Calidora Diamond Head Elephant Ear / Colocasia Esculenta Flowering Elephant Ear / Alocasia Odora Anthuriums Monstera Philodendrons Spathophylum


Bird’s Nest Elkhorn Lady Maidenhair Ostrich

Flowering Plants

Evans Eye Euphorbia Giant Crinum Lily Variegated Lily Williams Eye


Areca Vestieria Dypsis Cabadae Kerriodoxa Elegans Licuala Lauderbachii / Licuala Peltata variation Neoveitchia storkii / Fiji Pinanga Coronata / Sumatra & Java Sumawongii / Solomon Islands Zombia Antillarum / Hispaniola Tree Varieties Ashoka Trees / Polyalthia Longifolia / India Ashoka / Polyalthia Longifolia / India Allspice / Pimenta Dioica / West Indies Black Olive / Bucida Buceras / Mexico, Central America, Caribbean Ficus / Ficus Benjamina / Asia, Australia Live Oak / Quercus Virginiana/ Southern United States Satin Leaf / Chrysopyllum Oliviforme / Greater Antilles, Bahamas, Belize, Florida Weeping Ficus / Indonesia Brought to Miami by Dr. David Fairchild in 1940

/Weeping Ficus brought from Indonesia by Dr. Fairchild, 1940

Maidenhair Ferns are everywhere

Water Lily Pond

Tropical Garden

The garden was originally started and created by acquiring rare plant specimens from the nearby Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden as well as from the owner’s personal travels around the globe. Trips to Borneo, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Thailand and Singapore with the Aroid Society, Heliconia Society, Palm Society, Orchid Society and private horticulturists from Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden yielded some of the rarest species of tropical plants found in the garden today. It can be said that this garden is a true Fairchild legacy. The use of meandering pathways, between planting plateaus of rare specimens of primarily Tropical plants, planted
 as solo individual plants, created a “collectors” type garden where the beauty of each plant can be appreciated. The use of subterranean grottos surrounded by the natural 8-foot-high rock wall add to the balance and alignment of the gardens. The use of immense Ficus trees and their exotic root systems mesmerize and are a visual treat for anyone wandering through the garden.

Garden designed by nature

The garden, a rare and beautiful tropical atmosphere totally enclosed and private, resembles a glowing Emerald City with its brilliant hues of green. Comprised of some of the rarest exotic tropical plants, planted as individual specimens in a series of elevated planting beds that were used to delineate pathways, the botanical garden is a living example of the greatest collection of carefully curated historical species of plants. Ficus trees and their exposed intertwining root systems, as well as grottos cut into the ground as subterranean sculptures further enhance the quality of a tropical paradise. Essential to this type of garden design is the need to allow for the garden to be left somewhat wild, rather than manicured in any formal manner. Thereby creating a garden “designed by nature�.

/Meditation Garden

The pool area is designed first and foremost with a spacious patio that is great for entertaining, outdoor dining, or just simply relaxing under the sun. It was designed around this patio with perimeter plantings to create an aesthetic bonding with the garden. Essential to the pool design is an aptly hidden waterfall mimicking one found in an exotic rain forest in a faraway land and surrounded by giant Philodendrons.

This exceptional residential masterpiece, which has been aptly named “The Sanctuary Paradise House� was the vision of its owner and architect Chayo Frank. In 1971 Mr. Frank discovered this hidden plot of land, which was a rock pit, and at just under an acre, had the exceptional qualities he required to design and build the ethereal living environment he had envisioned. With the intent to create a tropical style living experience, Chayo designed a residence and garden environment that is unique and extraordinary in every aspect.

/Beginning Spring 1974

Property history

/Fall - Winter 1974

The Exquisite Craftsmanship

/Mid 1975

/Summer 1976

Both the interior and exterior of the home exhibits an unusually high degree of expert craftsmanship, far exceeding that of typical residential workmanship. The intricate design incorporated large sizes of redwood beam and column covers to enclose the steel members, minimizing unsightly joints, which required that they be precision cut to size and angle. This work was done at the Amertec-Granada factory and installed on site with absolute precision as designed by the architect. Amertec-Granada, Inc. supplied custom design and installation of beam and column covers, wood paneling, built-in cabinets and bathroom vanities. Starting in the late 1940s, Amertec-Granada, Inc. worked with Miami’s most renowned architect Morris Lapidus providing the woodwork for the lobbies of Miami Beach’s most prestigious hotels such as The Fontainebleau Hilton, The Eden Roc, The Shelbourne, The Deauville, and The Americana.

Over time Amertec-Granada became one of the biggest woodworking fixture manufacturers in the nation and was sought out by and began doing fine custom perimeter décor for department store interiors such as Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Bullock’s, Macy’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue to name only a few. The company’s quality approach and expertise were vital to the home’s interior design integrity and excellence.

/Old Cutler Road


Overtown Little Havana

Coral Way


Coconut Grove

Sanctuary House



Downtown Miami



Miami Beach

Fisher Island


Key Biscayne

The Neighborhood This unique and extraordinary home
is located in the coveted and exclusive enclave known as Ponce Davis in Miami, Florida. It is surrounded by the grandeur and beauty of Old Cutler Road and the neighboring communities of Coral Gables and Gables Estates, Coco Plum, Tahiti Beach, Pinecrest and South Miami.

/Mattheson Hammock Park Beach

/Mattheson Hammock Park Marina

Ponce Davis is known for some of the oldest and most beautiful architecture in the area. Located just down the road is Matheson Hammock Park, with its natural Atoll Pools, offers beautiful beaches, water sports, picnic areas, walking and riding paths as well as a full service Marina. Fairchild Botanical Tropical Garden, Pinecrest Gardens and The Kampong are also nearby.

/4895 N. Kendall Drive Miami, Fl 33156

The Sanctuary Paradise House 4,632 SF of interior space 33,715 SF corner lot Built in 1974 2 Stories 3 Bedrooms + Loft 3 Bathrooms

Entrance: • Poured concrete Circular Driveway • Limestone encased support beams for Entrance Portico • Covered Open garage for 2 cars • Open parking for 10 cars Main Structure: • Steel Wide Flange Beams • Structural Steel Columns • Steel Cross-bracing • Double wide glass doors and panels Roof: • Tar and Gravel – over 2” thickness • 2” Tongue and Groove Douglas • Fir decking - 2” x 6”

Interior and Exterior Materials: • California Redwood interior and exterior siding • California Redwood refined beam and column covers • Natural Coral Rock Boulders of sizes varying from 2 feet to 4 feet Pool Deck and Patios: • Cut Coral Rock and Limestone Pavers 12 x 12 and 24 x 24 Ceiling Heights: • Varying from 20’ feet to 25’ feet at their highest point

Equipment: • A/C Systems: 3 Units - Electric Heating Systems: Electric • Pool: In ground • Garden Sprinkler System: 7 Zone in ground – Water source is an in ground well system • Septic Tank • Water Heater: 65 Gallon • Water Supply: Public

Sylvia Fragos President / Lic. Real Estate Broker

Interior Design and staging: Lumari Marina McAninch

20801 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 403, Aventura, FL 33180 Direct: 305.904.7847 Office: 786.923.5960 Email:

All information contained herein is deemed to be accurate but not guaranteed and may be subject to errors and omissions and may be changed without notice. All information has been provided by property owner. All sizes, dimensions and square footage are approximate and/or as provided per Dade County property tax appraiser records and/ or architectural plans provided by the property owner. Broker does not represent or guarantee any of the information contained herein to be true or accurate. Please refer to Seller’s Property Disclosure for a complete disclosure of all material facts that may affect the property.

4895 N Kendall Drive Miami, Fl 33156 Ponce Davis

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The Sanctuary Paradise House  

THE HOME Inspired by the “Organic American Style” of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, Chayo Frank designed a home and garden that...

The Sanctuary Paradise House  

THE HOME Inspired by the “Organic American Style” of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, Chayo Frank designed a home and garden that...