ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE

The Sandoway House was constructed in 1936
and is credited to local architect, Samuel Ogren.

Ogren’s prolific works shaped both the public and private character of the City of Delray Beach,

including the National Register listed High School and Gymnasium (now known as Old School Square).

The Sandoway House was constructed in the then-emerging Colonial Revival Resort (or Resort Colonial) style, which was popular in Delray Beach during the years of the Great Depression. It is one of only a handful of houses in this style of architecture remaining on the City’s beachfront.

The Sandoway House is typical of the Resort Colonial revival in its use of New England clapboard construction combined with an airy porch to capitalize on the sea breezes.

The two-story wood-framed house is rectangular in form with the open porch on the second floor looking over the ocean.

Originally the house featured a corresponding porch directly below on the first floor which has been replaced by a wrap-around screened porch, added in 1980. The hipped roof is covered with asphalt shingles and features a central chimney. The second story is framed in vertical batten and boards and the first floor is sheathed in horizontal clapboard. Most of the 8/8 pane wood double hung windows are original as are the operable shutters. An example of the deliberate lack of outward ostentation can be seen in the elegant arched window which is located on the south façade of the Sandoway house and is not visible to passersby on the street.

Interior details in Sandoway House include a graceful winding staircase, solid Dade County pine floors, cypress ceilings, crown moldings and double-hung wood windows throughout the house.

Overview of the Resort Colonial Revival Style (1930-1939)

Despite the Great Depression there was still a great deal of residential construction in Delray Beach,

much of it built by wealthy winter residents along the beachfront. In response to the economic difficulties of the nation, a more restrained form of architecture became popular: Resort Colonial Revival. This relatively modest style was in deliberate contrast to the more flamboyant and exuberant Mediterranean Revival style which was in vogue only a decade before, during the Florida boom of the 1920s. A subtype of the Colonial Revival style, the Resort Colonial genre combined the best features of colonial and vernacular design with interesting resort details such as open-air balconies. Typically, Resort Colonial Revival is a two-story with either a rectangular or square plan. Roofs are hipped or side-gabled with boxed eaves and little overhang, occasionally decorated with dentils or simple cornices. Both symmetrical and asymmetrical facades are common. The main entrance tends to be simple in ornament, but remains a focal point of the façade. Windows are usually double-hung, with six, eight, or nine panes. Bay, paired and triple windows can also be found. Wood clapboard is most common in Florida, but masonry examples can be found. The interiors of these houses were often filled with beautifully crafted architectural elements. The City’s inventory of these types of remaining structures includes but a handful remaining along the waterfront.

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Rental Procedure:

  • A group representative must complete and submit a Facility Rental Reservation Form at least 15 days prior to the event. Rentals will be approved on a first come-first served basis, depending on availability.
  • Facility staff will review the request, and if the requested space is available, a site meeting will be held between the facility manager and the group representative no later than 5 days after the booking.
  • At the time of the site meeting, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due. Payment can be made by check, credit card or cash. The Facility Rental Policies and Procedures will be reviewed and the Facility User Agreement/Permit will be signed by both parties and issued to the group representative.
  • The day of the event after the clean-up is completed, a walk-through with a facility staff member and the representative will be conducted to ensure the facility is left in the condition it was found. The permitee will be required to pay additional fees for any damage or additional cleaning, or if the rental room is not vacated by the end of the permitted rental time.
Cost / payment

A $50 non-refundable deposit is due the day of the site meeting. Payment must be in the form of cash, check or credit card. Checks must be payable to: Sandoway Discovery Center. The cost of the room is $50 per hour. WE have no minimum requirement but our maximum capacity is 30 people.

Parking

Parking is located off of Ingraham Ave. on the south-side of the Center. Please make sure to get a parking pass from the attendant inside the Center to leave on the dashboard of your car. Free parking is provided for a limited number of cars. We only have 10 spaces in our parking lot. Carpooling is highly recommended.

Additional policies
  • It is the group’s responsibility to set-up before and clean-up after the facility rental, during the permitted rental time.
  • Due to limited space, groups will not be allowed to store items for the event at the facility prior to or after the event.
  • Food/Drink is allowed ONLY in the permitted room.
  • Groups may not nail, staple, or alter any walls, doors or any area of the facility. Please report any damaged equipment prior to start of birthday party.
  • The facility only provides the permitted space, (8) 6”x2.5” tables and (30) chairs. All other items, such as food, decorations, and supplies, must be provided by the user. Sorry, the facility does not have a kitchenette or items such as tape, utensils, copy machine, cooler, etc. available for use.
Cancellation policy

Cancellation of a facility rental more than 10 days in advance shall be refunded the $50 deposit in full (please allow 3 weeks for reimbursement). Cancellation of a facility rental less than 10 days in advance will not be given a refund, but will be allowed to reschedule within 90 days.

Directions from the north:

I-95 to Atlantic Ave.

East on Atlantic to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

South (right) on A1A, 2 blocks past Sandoway Park sign.

Then right onto Ingraham Ave and turn right into lot.

Direction from the south:

I-95 to Linton Blvd.

East on Linton to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

North (left) on A1A to Ingraham Ave.

Make a left onto Ingraham Ave. and immediately turn right into our lot.

Building rules
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • No running
  • No yelling or disruptive behavior
  • No gum anywhere in the building
  • No climbing or standing on the exhibits or railings
  • No tapping on animal enclosure or tanks
  • Shirt and shoes required

Sandoway Discovery Center Birthday Party Rental Policies and Procedures

Birthday Party Procedure:

  • A group representative must complete and submit a Birthday Party Reservation Form at least 15 days prior to the event. Birthday parties will be approved on a first come-first served basis, depending on availability.
  • Facility staff will review the request, and if the requested space is available, a site meeting will be held between the facility manager and the group representative no later than 5 days after the booking.
  • At the time of the site meeting, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due. Payment can be made by check, credit card or cash. The Birthday Party Rental Policies and Procedures will be reviewed and the Facility User Agreement/Permit will be signed by both parties and issued to the group representative.
  • The day of the event after the clean-up is completed, a walk-through with a facility staff member and the representative will be conducted to ensure the facility is left in the condition it was found. The permitee will be required to pay additional fees for any damage or additional cleaning, or if the rental room is not vacated by the end of the permitted rental time.
Cost / payment

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due the day of the site meeting. Payment must be in the form of cash, check or credit card. Checks must be payable to: Sandoway Discovery Center. Individual fee payment is due on the day of the party and is $10 per person. We require a minimum of 10 individuals in a party group and our maximum is 30 people which includes children and adults!

Parking

Parking is located off of Ingraham Ave. on the south-side of the Center. Please make sure to get a parking pass from the attendant inside the Center to leave on the dashboard of your car. Free parking is provided for a limited number of cars. We only have 10 spaces in our parking lot. Carpooling is highly recommended.

Direction from the south:

I-95 to Linton Blvd.

East on Linton to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

North (left) on A1A to Ingraham Ave.

Make a left onto Ingraham Ave. and immediately turn right into our lot.

Directions from the north:

I-95 to Atlantic Ave.

East on Atlantic to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

South (right) on A1A, 2 blocks past Sandoway Park sign.

Then right onto Ingraham Ave and turn right into lot.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of a party more than 10 days in advance shall be refunded the $100 deposit in full (please allow 3 weeks for reimbursement). Cancellation of a party less than 10 days in advance will not be given a refund, but the group will be allowed to reschedule within 90 days.

Building rules
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • No running
  • No yelling or disruptive behavior
  • No gum anywhere in the building
  • No climbing or standing on the exhibits or railings
  • No tapping on animal enclosure or tanks
  • Shirt and shoes required
Additional policies

It is the group’s responsibility to set-up before and clean-up after the party, during the permitted rental time.

  • Due to limited space, groups will not be allowed to store items for the event at the facility prior to or after the event.
  • Food/Drink is allowed ONLY in the permitted room.
  • Groups may not nail, staple, or alter any walls, doors or any area of the facility. Please report any damaged equipment prior to start of birthday party.
  • The facility only provides the permitted space, (8) 6”x2.5” tables and (30) chairs. All other items, such as food, decorations, and party supplies, must be provided by the user. Sorry, the facility does not have a kitchenette or items such as tape, utensils, copy machine, cooler, etc. available for use.