Ken Griffin wants Jennings Bryan to come home from his property

Billionaire Ken Griffin has just moved his hedge fund Citadel to Miami, and one of his first jobs was to ask the city to remove the former home of historic statesman William Jennings Bryan from his property.

Villa Serena, the home of the three-time presidential candidate who served in the House of Representatives from 1891 to 1895 and as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson, is one of two homes on the estate Griffin, 54, paid a Miami-record $106 million in September, reported the Miami Herald.

He bought the four-acre waterfront property in Coconut Grove from philanthropist Adrienne Arsht.

Arsht, known in Miami for her $30 million contribution to the city’s performing arts center, spent a significant amount renovating the home, which she used as a guest house and for social gatherings.

Griffin's team is apparently considering the idea of ​​moving the historic home.
Griffin’s team is apparently considering the idea of ​​moving the historic home.
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The courtyard and the pool of the villa.
The courtyard and the pool of the villa.
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The main entrance of the palatial home.
The main entrance of the palatial home.
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Griffin, who is worth over $31 billion, has hired a city agency to donate the facility and relocate it.

However, local historians and preservationists say such a move would not only devalue the 1913 mansion, but also put it at risk of damage or collapse.

Citadel spokesman Zia Ahmed told the outlet that Griffin would like the property to one day open to the public for the first time in its history.

William Jennings Bryan was a major player in turn-of-the-century politics.
William Jennings Bryan was a major player in turn-of-the-century politics.
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The dining room in the house.
The dining room in the house.
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“This is just an idea at a very early stage at the moment,” said Ahmed. “Ken’s team is exploring possible options where the general public can visit and see this historic home in a different location for the first time.”

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