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