Incredible House Built by a Husband and Wife With No Construction Experience
Across the endless vista of cookie-cutter homes that line suburban Florida streets, one house stands so shockingly-apart from the rest that it often causes those passing-by to stop and gaze in wonder.
This a one-of-a-kind, hand-made artwork was, amazingly, built by a married couple with no previous construction experience.
The nucleus of the home is believed to have been completed in 1948, with additional flourishes added well into the 1950s.
The builders were married couple, Ruth and Ray Wenger. Although Ruth and Ray built it together, it is said that Ray considered the love-themed home to be a ‘valentine’ to his wife.
With it’s unusual mix of primitive and futuristic features, the house is seen by some as a combination of aesthetics from two animated 1960s television shows: ‘The Flintstones’ and ‘The Jetsons.’
Circular shapes abound, which also give a nautical feel to the approximately 1,600 square-foot (149 square meters) masterpiece. A set of pancake-shaped, multicolored steps wrap around one outside corner, leading to a roof patio, while heart-shaped cutouts decorate a low wall which surrounds the house. Capping things off are a variety of sculptures that surround the property.
Inside the two-bedroom, two-bath structure, walls are filled with folk art collected by the home’s current owner, Linda Stabile. Ms. Stabile purchased the property 1998 without even visiting it, explaining “as soon as I saw the photos I knew that I had to buy it.” She and her late husband, Calvin Zimmer, spent many years restoring the home, and was thrilled to have the house officially designated as a ‘Historic Place’ in 2006.
Palm Beach County official, Christian Davenport, has called the extraordinary residence a ‘treasure.