Billionaire David Siegel's Unfinished 'Versailles' Mansion in Florida to Resume Construction

David Siegel's Versailles mansion
David Siegel's Versailles mansion

Just when we thought America's "Versailles" would remain a sad, abandoned skeleton of a mansion forever, billionaire David Siegel has announced that he will resume construction on his unfinished "passion project" after all, Curbed reported. Construction of the mansion, which was slated to be America's biggest private home, had previously stalled when the global financial crisis hit.

A documentary based on the project, called "The Queen of Versailles," followed the construction of the home and the decision to sell it -- unfinished -- after Siegel found himself suddenly wracked with debt. However, despite several million-dollar price cuts, the Versailles mansion never sold. Now Siegel tells "The Today Show" that work on the mega-mansion is "back on track." When it will be completed is unclear, but Siegel's wife, Jackie (the "Queen of Versailles" herself), seems pretty keen to finish it already.

If the Versailles mansion is completed, the 90,000-square-foot home will feature 10 kitchens, 30 bathrooms, a 7,200-square-foot ballroom big enough for 500 people, a roller skating rink, bowling alley, 30-car garage, three pools and two tennis courts. Needless to say, we'll be keeping an eye on this one. Stay tuned.

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