Hacienda

Last weekend while I was out riding I came across an old building that caught my eye. so I stopped and took some pictures.

As you can see the name of the place is the Hacienda, the date on there is when the building had been built.
When I returned home I did some investigating and came to find out the hotel was billed as a little bit of Spain in Florida. from it’s Mediterranean style.
Originally it had been a hotel of a grand scale.

Inception of the Hacienda began in 1925 and ground breaking began in 1927 with the opening of the 55 room facility occurring in 1927.

The Hacienda was a playground for famous people at the time with actors such as Thomas Meighan, Leon Errol, and Madeline Cameron along with writers like Bob Davis, George Ade, Ring Lardner, Hal W. Lanigan among others.
It was even reported that Gloria Swanson was sighted staying there.

The court yard as it is today.

Over the years the Hacienda changed hands, weathered the Great Depression but by the early 40’s was in a downturn due to World War II.

The hotel changed hands numerous times over the years and by the 60’s – 70’s began floundering.

In 1885 the hacienda was turned into an assisted living facility; several years after it became a home for elderly people with mental disabilities.
Then in 1996 the Hacienda was added to the National register of Historic Places.
Not to long after that the Hacienda was vacated and has been empty ever since.
In 2003  the city of new Port Richey purchased the property but it is still sitting empty with no plans to resurrect it.

The hotel is now considered to be haunted where claims from the elevator opening on its own and footsteps being heard.

You can read more of the history of the Hacienda here: http://www.fivay.org/hacienda.html

Grill work on the wall

The courtyard, Fountain and main entrance.

Window over the main entrance and lamp

Current resident of the Hacienda

Close up of the fountain

Vines growing on the building

Chimney

Upper Balcony


Close up of crest and balcony lantern

 

Looking up the roof


Signs of disrepair

15 thoughts on “Hacienda

  1. What a charming discovery! It’s too bad that it has fallen on hard times. I loved the notion of it being an Assisted Living Facility. How wonderful it would be to see it restored to it’s former glory.

  2. floridaeagle says:

    It would be nice to see it restored, so much history behind those walls, imagine the stories it could tell if it could speak, the parties and dinners that went on there in it’s day.

    • Have you been to Flagler College up in St Augustine? It used to be a grand hotel that also became abandoned. Tiffany glass windows and beautiful architecture, murals on the ceilings and walls. It was converted into the college. From what I remember, the girls dorms have fireplaces. You can take a tour there.

      • floridaeagle says:

        I haven’t been to St. Augustine since I was a young kid but it is on my list of things to “must do” Between the college, the lighthouse and the fort now that I can appreciate it more I want to go.

        Fort Myers is another great place with the Edison & Ford estates, the gardens there are incredibly beautiful.

      • Yes! You should definitely go!! They have these little hokey tours on trams throughout the historical section, I found the drivers to be very informative and entertaining. Don’t forget the ghosts!! Lots of ghost tours there as well. I have only driven through Ft Meyers once, not as familiar with that coast.

  3. floridaeagle says:

    You should check out Ft. Myers sometime, between the Edison estate and the downtown it s wonderful. If you like good food there is everything from gourmet hot dogs to 5-star restaurants and everything in between. Lots of local artists to performing music and art. Intend to go back again.

    I’ve looked at some of the B&B’s in the historic section of St. Augustine, so yes planning it.

  4. floridaeagle says:

    Soon, have a good evening.

  5. Wonderful shots of a place so rich in history. Even with signs of disrepair, it looks like a very special place. Interesting about the haunting signs.

    • floridaeagle says:

      I did a little more digging on the haunting aspect. Seems people have seen an apparition that appears to be a night watchman in one of the upper story windows and footsteps along the second floor balcony.

  6. 123aandp says:

    Wow! Thanks for taking me there. I hope there will be funds to keep it from completely crumbling. NYS is famous for letting old gems become delopidated, when all they need to do is maintain a roof, an then letting them fall or burning them down. )= hopefully Florida is different.

  7. Teeny Bikini says:

    Such beautiful details. Simply amazing.

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