Leu House & Gardens Orlando

Welcome to my first blog post. We take a look at an ‘old’ historic house in Orlando, Florida.

Taking time out from the theme parks we visited Leu House and Gardens. The house was originally built 1888 as a 5 room farmhouse. It was sold a number of times until Harry P. Leu purchased the house and 40 acres of gardens in 1936 for $40,000.

Harry and his wife Mary Jane renovated the house adding plumbing and electricity. The Leus traveled extensively and brought back plants and seeds for the garden. In 1961 they very generously deeded the house and gardens to the City of Orlando.

Some photos of the interiors. Even though the temperatures outside soared into the high 90s it remained cool inside.

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The Leu family installed the icebox in the 1930s when the house was modernised.

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I love the curvaceous ends and legs to the children’s beds and the cute dolls house.

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The master bedroom is full to the brim with furniture including a cradle and even a period dress, which I believe was a wedding dress.

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The bathroom and en suite sanitary ware and wall lights wouldn’t look too out of place in some of today’s interiors.

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Photo © TJohnston

Every year the house is decked out for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays by designers from Seminole State College’s Interior Design Students. Each room has a different design theme ranging from Victorian to American Colonial to Funky Retro. Throughout the historic home, there are beautiful holiday accessories and trees decked with traditional ornaments.

I think this is a great idea as it gives Interior Design students the opportunity to use their creativity on actual interior projects rather than all classroom project work.

The 40 acres of gardens,overlooking Lake Rowena,  are amazing. I’ve included some images of the gardens where I lost my husband and son for a while!

 

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Thanks for reading and I do hope you’ll continue to read and enjoy our blog posts.

Angela