Traditional summer rains fell upon a well known haunted house which faced a square bounded by Washington and Tchoupitoulas Streets. The specter of demolition loomed on the horizon, and more than one group of thrill seekers made plans to get inside and find out if the legend was true of a skeleton hidden in a corner of the wall at one of the windings of the grand staircase. But it was not a burial, but a punishment to keep a secret, and the person was walled up alive.
According to local legends, in 1932, Donald Rheem (of Rheem hot water heater fame) purchased a property on Orcas Island that sits off the coast of Washington. Despite its scenic views, his intent was not to enjoy the landscape, but to find a place to stash his unstable wife Alice.
The Roaring Twenties were in full swing in Miami, when the Cuban Consulate was established in NW Dade County. Cuban materials and labor were imported for its construction. Moorish arches and Spanish tiles exemplified a luxurious Cuban-style villa.
It was completed in time to survive the Hurricane of 1926 that ripped through Miami, and that same strange luck saved it from the wrecking ball as the years trudged by and the city grew around it.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer