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Sep
08

The House That Seashells Built

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Sea Grape Lodge

Every inch of this house on Demere Key (just off Pine Island) is encrusted with seashells. It is mind boggling to think about adhering each and every one of those whelk shells (they look like conchs too) to the outside walls….. much less, collecting all of them together!

Seashells around each window

The house was originally built by Phil Degraff to be a winter resort and named it Sea Grape Lodge.

Left side of Sea Grape Lodge

The lodge closed a number of years ago and now is a private residence so we tried to be as respectful as possible while driving by in our boat…. but it’s like stopping in front of a house with every inch covered in christmas lights… it’s mesmerizing!

Even the fence is covered with shells

Oh my, I couldn’t get enough

I was on overload with eye candy!

Sea Grape Lodge on Demere Key

After first posting this, I received some rich historic information from quite a few people who commented on this post. Please click on the title or comments to read many wonderful stories of folks who either stay on Demere Key or had find memories of the property.