In the early 1920s, Andrew Carnegie defied the usual mindset of wealthy industrialists of Palm Beach for their winter mansions, choosing instead to go to Stuart – about 40 miles north of Palm Beach. Andrew's nephew, William, chose 22 acres on Sewall’s Point for his mansion overlooking the St. Lucie river. He named the mansion “Lucinda,” a contraction of the converging St. Lucie and Indian rivers.
A true Old Florida estate, it was designed and built in the Addison Mizner-inspired Mediterranean style architecture where breezes off the water could easily waft through the rooms, creating a comfortable indoor climate in the years before central air. Turning into the drive, it is apparent that much of Carnegie’s original plantings still exist in the old ficus trees with their aerial roots forming new trunks from the ground, a years’ old, slow-growing collection of a size one rarely sees, a Royal Poinciana which provides a canopy of brilliant orange flowers every year and the most tropical of all, a large tree fern. The current owners of 20 years, have added more formal English gardens on the river side, making all of the landscaping stroll-worthy indeed.
Inside, one is immediately taken by the original features of the home with its 22-foot-high living room with its ornately carved antique pecky cypress beams, original mahogany, oak and heartwood pine flooring, archways, coral rock fireplace and ironwork from Mizner’s own iron shop in Palm Beach. The home has been well maintained to preserve the original terracotta floors of the sun porch and hand-painted kitchen tiles while adding modern day conveniences.
The inviting historical home of 8,170 square feet, with four bedrooms and four baths, has more than 220 feet of water frontage with a natural white sandy beach and a deep water dock. The grounds leading to the water’s edge have been planted with citrus, mango and avocado trees by the current owner. Other features include a heated pool and waterfall, a guest house, art room and an ice cream parlor off the billiard room. In previous years the owners have held ice cream-themed parties but though not used recently, the built in equipment conveys with the property. There are five working wood burning fireplaces in the home lending coziness during mild winter chills. For more information.
Stuart, Florida Sewall’s Point historical Old Florida waterfront estate built by Andrew Carnegie’s nephew, William in 1923, now for sale, priced at $4.995 million.