Portfolio Naples December 2017 - Page 47

itary hospital, its’ beautiful artistic embellish- ment hidden behind dropped ceilings and linoleum flooring. It would remain a hospital until it was decommissioned in 1968. After many fits and starts, including im- minent plans to raze the ailing building, the Seaway Group, current owners of the hotel under the steady hand of Gene Prescott, CEO, revived, restored and even topped the grandeur of the classic 1920’s Biltmore Hotel. For residents of Coral Gables and his- tory-lovers everywhere, the rescue was noth- PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 45