Bryant House | Photo © 2011 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

This home was demolished on June 27, 2016 and up until then, there wasn’t much history known about it and what was known was false. Thanks to Janette Campbell, there is finally some proper history I can add here.

Frederick Edward Bryant emigrated from England in 1894 to study agricultural methods in New Mexico and owned a dairy in Colorado with his brother, Harold J. Bryant. After visiting Florida in 1908, F.E. Bryant became interested in developing agriculture in the Everglades. The brothers started the Palm Beach Farms Company, which developed the Lake Worth Drainage District which would later become the cities of Lake Worth and Greenacres.

How it looked in 1991, by then it was owned by Jeanne McFadden and her husband.
How it looked in 1991, by then it was owned by Jeanne McFadden and her husband.

During World War I, the shortage of sugar renewed Bryant’s interest in the Everglades, and he convinced the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build a sugarcane breeding station at Canal Point. Bryant and G.T. Anderson started Florida Sugar and Food Products Company and built the first sugar mill in the Glades in 1921. To raise capital, they merged their business with the Southern Sugar Company.

Southern Sugar began failing financially in 1931, until General Motors Corporation started the United States Sugar Corporation and took over Southern Sugar Corporation.

Built in 1934, it is thought that this was F.E. Bryant’s home. His wife and daughters weren’t fond of living there and enjoyed the social scene in West Palm Beach, so they moved out. The house was kept as a guest house for visitors who had come to see his sugar mill. Due to this, it is also possible that the house is older than what records show.

There was 2-story apartment with an attached garage located behind the house. According to Janette Campbell, Some of the older residents of the area have referred to it as the “honeymoon cottage” because of the number of young newlywed couples who began married life there. Perhaps Mr. Bryant had it built to provide a temporary residence for visitors because of the remoteness of the area at that time before he moved out. During the 1980s, the garage was converted to another rental space.

Bryant House | Photo © 2011 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Jeanne McFadden moved into the house sometime in the 1950s with her husband, and they were supposedly the third owners of the property. She passed away on October 11, 2009 in Miami at the age of 99. By then, the home was in disrepair due to damages from Hurricane Wilma.

In 2011, the property was taken over by the United State Government and as I had written before, it was demolished on June 27, 2016. According to some commentators, a USDA office will replace it.







22 Comments

  1. Haunting. I will search for this home over the weekend, though I hold little hope for it’s resurrection

  2. I drove by this house twice this past Sunday and I hate to say that it is looking even more run down from the outside than in these photos. It is a shame that it was allowed to fall into this state of disrepair. My family has been traveling by it for years now, and there was a point where it might have still been fixable early on. It is certainly one of the most striking along this stretch and you can tell that it once was beautiful.

    • Please tell me where this home is. I would like to try and save it.

    • i visited this house many years ago, it was beautiful! I am now living in my Grandmothers 1930’s house and have updated some but still most of the original floors. I love it!

  3. i would try to save it too who would i contact, i own a contracting company

  4. I would love to restore it. But, without enough money it would be impossible. I hate to see our historic place go like this one and many others. Please help in keeping our history.

  5. There is a separate part of the house in the back yard…anyone know what this building is?

    • It was a 2-story apartment with an attached garage. Some of the older residents of the area have referred to it as the “honeymoon cottage” because of the number of young newlywed couples who began married life there. Perhaps Mr. Bryant had it built to provide a temporary residence for visitors because of the remoteness of the area at that time. During the ’80s, the garage was converted to another rental space.

      • i lived in this home daily with Jeanne… we were neighbors for 9 yrs…my children ran up an down them stairways daily… Jeanne taught me a lot about life an how much she lived for each day to come…when things broke i’d fix them for her around the home… She gave this house to me in return that she could live with me til she no longer was an earthly child…however her family’s greed would not allow her to do so… their greed became the ruin of this once magnificent home… i can proudly say…this was my home as well…i knew every corner in it ..i own the dinning table that was placed in there by Mr Bryant… it now sits in my dining room as we eat at it daily…i remember her every day when i walk by an look at my beautiful table she gave me out of love…i am so very sorry to see her home go…it truly was a shame she an i didn’t get to live out her dream of us living together in her mansion….thank you for sharin… >3

        • I hate seeing old beauties like this go. I am very glad that at least you had some great memories there and this home was filled with love. I am hoping someone allowed some of those beautiful floors, architectural features, etc to be salvaged and shared by someone else.

    • it was tho apartments one side was a small two story an the other was a studio she rented out

  6. is this still standing now?

  7. It is still standing today but looks really bad now. I drive by it all the time. Has a fence around it saying it is government property.

  8. Correction on the history of the house. Jeanne McFadden and her earlier husband, a Mr. Stringari, were the 3rd owners of the house and moved there in the 1950’s, having moved to the Glades for business reasons from Ft. Lauderdale. The house was originally built by F. E. Bryant, the developer of the sugar industry in the Glades and as a result, is more properly known as the Bryant house. His company, Southern Sugar, was the precursor of the United States Sugar Corporation (USSC). Bryant Park in downtown Lake Worth is also named for this man. Because this area of Florida was still remote in those days, road access having been made available in the late 20’s, it was far more imposing than most of the nearby residences.

    Jeanne Stringari McFadden died in 1910 in Miami, a few months before her 100th birthday. She was born and raised in Detroit, I believe, moving to Florida with Mr. Stringari in the 1940’s or 1950’s.

    • Thank you! I’m adding the history right now, crediting you of course. I found that Mr. Bryant moved out of the house to West Palm Beach with his wife and daughters. He kept the house as a guest house for people who were visiting his sugar mill.

  9. I just remembered the names of the 2nd owners – Mr. and Mrs. Brandies (sp?) and a daughter, an invalid as I recall.

  10. I just remembered the name of the 2nd owners – Mr. and Mrs. Brandeis (sp?) and an invalid daughter.

  11. Does anyone have photos of it when it was grand?

  12. Looks like someone started to restore it properly. Gutting everything to the bones. What a shame

  13. It is being (has been) completely demolished in order to expand the Sugar Cane Research Experiment Station next to it. The government brought the property several years ago. This experiment station has been in existence since 1920. Several entities had hoped that the house could be incorporated into their plans but the expense of repair far exceeded any possibility of that happening.