We learned many interesting tidbits while touring the mansion with the general manager. She told us she had dreamed of working in this house since she was a young girl. The Grisso Mansion was the talk and envy of several generations of Seminole citizens.
|The backside of the mansion with the greenhouse on the right side of the photo.|
|The front side of this Italian designed mansion.|
After returning home, I checked the pages of The Grisso Family book and found an article written in 1977 by someone named Mayme Moore. I do not know from which newspaper this was taken. I will be using information (that in italics) from this article to describe this elegant 26 room house which was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites by the Department of the Interior in 1976.
Its 26 rooms, built around a courtyard-solarium, include 11,000 square feet of floor space. Downstairs rooms include the entry hall with its cathedral ceiling, minstrel balconies and a grand staircase; living room, music room, a dining room 30 feet long and 20 feet wide, a breakfast room twice as large as an average kitchen, utility and storage.
Such details as marble window sills-except for those of ceramic tile in the bathrooms and kitchen- elaborate plumbing fixtures, an early type shower and heated towel rods give an idea of the quality of plannings.
Furnishings were personally chosen in New York City by Mrs. Grisso with guidance from her decorator. Woods are dark and polished, the general style massive and elaborate, fabrics exquisite. The living room carpet was hand-loomed in England.
This house tour is far from over. We will continue in the next post. Our guide told us that over the years, they are able to hear great stories from locals who have come to tour the home since it opened to the public. One fellow said he had worked for the Grisso's as one of the many groundskeepers for 20 years, yet he had never been in the house.