Money Pit House.
Through Mark McConville.
Amazing images have uncovered the hidden beauty of the extravagant, abandoned Money Pit Mansion, a Mahogany home with a £20,000 grand piano.
Images of the abandoned, vacant mansion with its exquisite pillars and plaster work still visible are unsettling.
Other pictures show the porch that wraps around three sides of the home and a square grand piano made by Chas M. Stieff during the Civil War that is worth anywhere between £20,000 and £25,000.
The pictures were captured at the Money Pit Mansion in central Florida by American urban explorer Abandoned Southeast.
He remarked, “The Money Pit, a Neoclassical Greek Revival palace, is deep in the heart of Florida.
The massive 11,000 square foot mansion was constructed in 1908 by a Georgia lumber entrepreneur and is composed entirely of mahogany wood.
It cost £20,000 and took three years to complete. One of the most elaborate homes in the county, The Money Pit rapidly became “the talk of the town”
The lumber tycoon and his family left in 1924. The family exchanged residences with a local bank vice president.
In the 1940s, The Money Pit was sold and turned into a funeral home. After operating as a funeral home for almost 20 years, it was transformed into a meeting space. It was sold and converted into apartments shortly after that.
According to Abandoned Southeast, the Money Pit “fell into ruin and became bank-owned after being left empty to degrade for several years”
“In 1989, a dispute with the city about destruction started. In 1992, a local couple stepped up and paid£73,000 to save the Money Pit from being demolished. The substantial termite damage would necessitate improvements costing at least £180,000. To help with the renovations, the couple intended to establish a non-profit. They were able to raise enough money to fix the building’s exterior and prevent further internal damage.
They wanted to have it available to the public as a historic library or a wedding location in five years. Sadly, donations have decreased, and the house is empty.
Although there is no hard evidence, the abandoned mansion is also rumored to be haunted.
According to Abandoned Southeast, paranormal investigators who have investigated the house claim to have experienced cold spots, orb sightings, and noises.
“ I never experienced anything unusual during my visit. The home is one of the most ornate 20th-century houses in central Florida. Many of Florida’s original mansions were demolished after World War II to make way for office space and condominiums. The Money Pit is a true work of architecture.