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The Enchanting “Wonder House” In Florida That Was Abandoned For Years

Conrad Schuck moved to Florida in the 1920s, after doctors told him he only had one or two years to live. He settled in Bartow in Polk County, hoping the climate here might extend his life a little. He wanted to make sure that his wife and their nine children would live comfortably after he had passed, so he began building a house with his five sons.

But Schuck didn’t just build any home, he built a mansion so magnificent it would later become a Depression-Era attraction, as seen in these postcards from the early 1940s.

 

There may be a happy ending for the Wonder House, after all, though. A Jacksonville man who purchased it recently said he had plans to restore the home. We hope he will return it to its former glory, and maybe even let us take a tour someday.

 

Victoria W
Victoria is a staff writer for OIYS.