Any Tampa Bay residents looking to fully work from home may want to take advantage of this truly unique mid-century modern gem in Dade City.
Built in 1968 for Jimmy Evans Jr., son of former citrus magnate James Emmett Evans, the home was designed by renown modernist architect Mark G. Hampton. However, listing agent Molly James of Smith & Associates tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, that the home was more of a collaborative effort between Evans and Hampton. "He was friends with Mark, and he drew up the initial designs on the back of a napkin when they were together one day," says James.
Located at 14314 Hale Rd., the 5,572-square-foot home sits on a heavily-wooded 3.5-acre lot, and according to James was "built for entertaining."
"They loved to throw parties," says James. "This is the ultimate party house."
The mid-century modern estate comes with five bedrooms and six bathrooms, as well as a sunken formal living room, a wet bar and a massive screened-in back porch. Owned solely by the Evans family since its construction, the home is now being sold by Evans' adult children for $825,000.
While Hampton's career spanned nearly 60 years, his remaining residential projects, like this Dade City home, rarely come up on the market.
Hampton started his career at the influential Sarasota firm Twitchell & Rudolph. When the firm disbanded in 1951, Hampton then moved back to his home town of Tampa and opened his own office. Over his long career, Hampton was responsible for quite a few notable residential and commercial buildings in the Tampa area, including two science buildings at the University of South Florida, the Galloway's Furniture Showroom, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Adams Middle School, and the National Design Award-winning Horizon House in Carrollwood.
At the time, many of Hampton's residential homes could also be found in the South Tampa area, especially in the Gandy and Kennedy areas.
In 1966, Hampton relocated to Miami to partner with Herbert H. Johnson & Associates, and later started his own firm in Coconut Grove. In South Florida, his work is still found at places like the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum in Miami, as well as the Bal Harbour Shops.
Over his massive career, Hampton earned a handful of awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Florida AIA, and was recognized as a Fellow of the AIA in 1967.
Hampton died in 2015 at the age 91 at his Coconut Grove home.
Photos via Zillow.com. This gallery originally appeared in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.