Razing of estate gets OK of board
Architectural Commission approves demolition request for Mary Montgomery’s mansion.
The Architectural Commission on Wednesday approved a request to demolish the mansion that socialite Mary Montgomery and her late husband, attorney Robert M. Montgomery Jr., completely rebuilt on Billionaires Row to use as their island home.
The demolition would clear the 2½acre ocean-to-lake property at 1800 S. Ocean Blvd., which has been for sale with an asking price of $46 million since September. The Mediterranean-style mansion and outbuildings have 26,351 square feet of living space, inside and out, property records show.
Mary Montgomery, 87, has been appointed court-sanctioned professional guardians and no longer lives on the estate, which is owned by a trust, according to property records.
The request to the commission for permission to raze the house and outbuildings was made by Northern Trust, which serves as the court-sanctioned trustee for the Montgomery estate. The name of trust custodian Hilda Santana was included on the application to the commission.
Commissioners voted 4-3 to approve the demolition. The vote came shortly af-
Montgomery 87-year-old widow no longer lives on