Sydonie Mansion In Mount Dora was once said to be the most significant residential structure in all of Florida. Established in 1883 and remodeled by famous architect Grosvenor Atterbury in 1903, it was the winter retreat for James Laughlin, the owner of J&L Steel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Built in the Mediterranean Revival and Asian styles, it was designed after the Alhambra in Spain. The property included sculpted gardens with rare plants from around the world, citrus groves, a dairy farm, power plant and even a bowling alley. Sydonie was once a 9000 acre preserve.
The mansion, featuring beautiful handcrafted wooden moldings, 11 bathrooms, 13 bedrooms and 13 fireplaces, reflects an era of craftsmanship difficult to find in modern homes.
Historical craftsmanship paired with modern design and creativity are restoring the mansion to its former glory.
Tours are offered daily.