If you will be visiting sometime in 2017, you will have access to the newly renovated Sanibel Community Center, our island’s legendary hub of social activities for both locals and visitors. After just 9 months and a $3 million dollar budget, the historic building has undergone a massive reconstruction, restoration, renovation and expansion project. Since 1927, the Community House has held its own personality and identity on the island an important feature of life in the Sanibel Island community. Check out what the building looked like in the 1920s!

Restoration included: Restoration of the historic North Room, now called the Founder’s Room, the addition of Old Florida features outside like a new roof and porch style entryway/drop off area. The interior was redesigned for a more open, flexible floor plan and the existing kitchen and restrooms were made larger and now feature modern fixtures and equipment.

Many of the building’s historic features, if not completely preserved were repurposed. Twin fireplaces in the new Founders Room have been decorated with mantles constructed of repurposed wood from the room’s original floor. Windows of this room are home to open display cases that will be filled with shell crafts, awards and other artifacts from The Community House’s past.

So far, the reviews from the public are positive.

Tour the newly renovated Community House at the upcoming 80th Sanibel Shell Fair, taking place on March 2, 3, 4, 2017.

For a full list of events and activates held at the Sanibel community house, visit their website at www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net.