During its heyday, the Wonder House attracted curiosity seekers willing to pay a small admission to view up close a true one-of-a-kind residence considered an architectural marvel. A Bartow treasure, it featured inventive, modern conveniences such as hollow columns that collected rainwater from the roof. The water was piped through walls, feeding plants that were recessed into the building’s exterior.
Built of precast concrete panels in 1926, the multistory house at 1075 E. Mann Rd. was a tourist attraction