This fascinating piece of property has been abandoned for a long while. It’s known as the Howey House, in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida. I stumbled upon the property during a recent visit to this lovely lake-side community.
This home once belonged to the “Howey” of Howey-In-The-Hills: William John Howey (1876 – 1938).
When Mr. Howey passed away, in 1938, reportedly the mansion remained in the family until a cunning banker talked Mr. Howey’s widow into a reverse-mortgage. Unable to maintain the payments on the reverse mortgage, the mansion fell into foreclosure, hence its current state.
Sadly, the mansion stands in total disrepair, with little hope for restoration. A few Howey-In-The-Hills locals told me it would cost far more than the home is worth to restore, or make the mansion livable again. There is no air conditioning, which is a must-have in Florida, this alone would cost, they estimated, close to $600,000. Other repairs could cost more than one to two million, I learned.
Perhaps someday the mansion will be restored by a good Samaritan with money to spare! Regardless, in January of 1983, the mansion was added to the US National Register of Historic Places.