Selby House at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens undergoes restoration

July 9, 2019

SARASOTA, FL – July 9, 2019:   As the first step in Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ (Selby Gardens) Master Plan efforts, the restoration to make the historic Selby House building more resilient to hazardous wind and weather conditions began on July 5, 2019. The preservation of the Selby House and the Payne Mansion are key components of the 10-year, three-phase Master Site Plan. Local architects Hall & Associates and local construction firm Ball Construction are leading the restoration efforts.

The Selby House, a two-story, Spanish-style home built in the early 1920s, was Marie and William Selby’s original home on their property. Upon her passing in 1971, Marie Selby bequeathed her home and seven acres to the community with the intent for it to become a botanical garden “for the enjoyment of the general public.”

“There could not be a more fitting location at the Gardens to begin our Master Plan preservation efforts,” says Jennifer Rominiecki, CEO & President of Selby Gardens. “As the namesake of Selby Gardens, we owe it to Marie Selby to steward her original gift with the utmost care and diligence. By restoring her home in a manner that is both historically-accurate and sustained with modern-day protective features, it is our hope and intent for her home and gardens to remain an integral part of her legacy.”

The restoration is funded by the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.

“We are thrilled to invest in the restoration of William and Marie Selby’s original home,” says Carol Butera, President and CEO of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. “It is a beautiful and important piece of Sarasota’s history, and ensuring this legacy is preserved for generations to come is a true benefit to the Sarasota community and beyond.”

The Kids Corner will be closed during the restoration and the Selby House Cafe has relocated on the grounds.  The restoration efforts are expected to be completed in early fall.

For more information, please contact Lynn Bates at or 941-366-5731 Ext. 225.