The Stetson Mansion or the John B. Stetson House is definitely one of the most unique homes in Florida. Constructed as a winter home for John B. Stetson and his family, the house stands proudly today, as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state.
Located a few blocks to the south on Highway 44, the Stetson Mansion spreads cross 10,000 square feet and is built on two acres of land. As Florida’s first ever luxury home, the Stetson Mansion was built in 1886. The reason for it to be considered such a grand structure is mainly due to its unique design and magnificent detailing. The house is considered to be a ‘Gilded Age’ estate and has been restored and updated to feature a more timeless design. The Stetsons used to host elegant gatherings and magnificent parties at the house, making it even more popular among the influential residents and the prestigious guests who attended the event from other parts of the country.
During construction, the house was provided with a private railway spur to allow fine art and the best architectural materials to be delivered to the construction site. The house was created with exquisite detail and a memorable design that mesmerized visitors from the first glimpse. The unusual and eclectic design features an impressive and complicated selection of carvings in the interior. The house also features intricately created parquet floors and 10,000 leaded glass window panes. The parquet floors are particularly fascinating with their 3D designs that change from room to room. The glass and wood wall that was purchased from a chateau in France is another major feature in the house. The wall remains to this day in perfect condition with the original glass, which dates all the way back to the 1700’s. In reality, the house is much more than just a Victorian museum. In 1920, the family sold everything off and left only the magnificent home. Thanks to its incredible design, the house was still fascinating even without its lavish and eclectic selection of furnishings. More recent additions include 5 new kitchens and 13 bathrooms, each designed to suit the home’s enthralling design. Around the garden of the estate, there is a lovely green lawn, several fountains, pool, gazebo, and a stylish and calm meditation garden with a hammock.
As of today, the Stetson Mansion is fully open to the public. There are no restricted areas or roped-off sections. At the Stetson Mansion, visitors are offered with an unmatched opportunity to explore one of the most magnificent parts of Florida’s illustrious architectural history. Additionally, for those who are interested in throwing a great party, the Stetson Mansion is also available as an incredible entertainment venue.