Built 1902 7,200 sq ft
Delray Beach, Fl
The Sundy House is often called the heart and soul of Delray Beach —a grand symbol of intrinsic beauty, environmental stewardship and historic and artistic preservation. The history of the Sundy House is rich with stories of a pioneering family. Mr. John Shaw Sundy was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He moved to Florida in 1894 with his family and was superintendent of construction for what became the Florida East Coast Railway. In 1902, he built the Sundy home, a Victorian, Queen Anne-style house using South Carolina and Dade County pine.
He surrounded it with pineapple fields and vegetables and started a feed and fertilizer business. In its heyday, the Feed Store was a hub of social and agricultural activity where farmers and their wives would come to gossip and pick up supplies while children would play among the bales of hay and sacks of grain.
The founding of Delray’s first bank and Baptist Church took place at the Sundy House, as well as the incorporation of Delray Beach in 1911, when John Sundy was elected Mayor.
The prolific heritage of the Sundy House is alive and well today. The fully restored Sundy House is a beautiful manifestation of his work in sustainability, conservation, historic preservation, and the ever-important theme of water. Lush tropical gardens bloom with fragrant flora. Aquatic life abounds in naturalized, freshwater pools and waterfalls. Interiors merge with the surrounding beauty and incorporate natural materials, such as bamboo, stone, tile and wood.
The Sundy House boasts an award-winning restaurant and is one of the country’s premier wedding destinations. The enchanting guest rooms are decorated with an individual attention to detail. Each room is uniquely themed and captures the narrative of the lush surroundings and the rich history of this beloved landmark in an authentic way rarely experienced.
Out back is the Taru Garden;, a full acre of botanical beauty, featuring more than 5,000 plants and over 500 varieties of foliage from all over the world. Meander down quiet paths, and discover gazebos and benches hidden among streams and waterfalls.