I’ve always been fascinated by old abandoned buildings, so when Rudy and I were headed back to St. Pete from our last outing in the Ocala National Forest, we decided to take a drive by the abandoned Howey Mansion and see if we could snap some photos of it.
Located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, the 20 room 7000+ square foot mansion was built in 1927 by real estate developer and citrus grower, William John Howey, who lived in the home with his wife Mary Grace Hastings until his death in 1938. The home was sold to Marvel Zona in 1984 following the death of Mary Grace, and was ultimately lost to foreclosure and has now been sitting vacant and neglected since 2008.
I had seen the mansion twice before on my way back home from trips to Mount Dora, but was only able to catch quick glimpses of it through the wrought iron driveway gates before being chased off by irritated (rightfully so) neighbors. The abandoned home has drawn quite a few onlookers over the years and according to several online sources, quite a few of those people have been arrested for trespassing both in the mansion itself and on the grounds of the property.
Although it has been sitting vacant and neglected for many years, the dilapidated mansion still exudes an air of elegant dignity and while I don’t feel the photos below do justice to its grandeur, hopefully you can still get a sense of the haunting beauty it possesses…
And here are a few in black and white (I think I like these better)…
I’m unable to comment as to whether or not I made it inside of the property to take pictures, however if I did make it in, I’d be willing to bet that the interior was probably even more exquisite than the exterior.
And that’s all I have to say about that. 😉
Alrighty then…that’s all for now.
I’ve had my head buried in work for the last few months but my projects are now (mostly) complete and I’ve got a bunch of adventures lined up for spring and summer, so stay tuned… 🙂