Surya Palace in Tampa, Florida, USA
AIA TAMPA TOUR
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOLORES BROWNE
The AIA Tampa tour was guided by the employees from the ROJO Architecture Team that in detail described the Palace to be.
On the traffic-stuffed intersection of Busch Boulevard and North Dale Mabry Highway rises what will become Hillsborough County’s most visible signature home - a 17-acre, lake-front compound that includes a half-dozen luxury houses surrounding a great house for one of Tampa’s best-known philanthropic families.
Kiran and Pallavi Patel, their son and daughters and grandchildren will move into the compound when it is finished, probably sometime next year or plus many years to come. Now, the 15,000-plus square-foot main house is rising above the wall that separates the busy highway intersection from the property that fronts White Trout Lake.
The Patels bought the acreage, which takes up most of the southwestern corner of the lake, in 2003 for $3.2 million, and construction began three plus years ago on the family estate. The combined square footage of the buildings within the estate is 35,000 sq. ft. This makes it the largest single-family estate in the USA,
The project will cost remains unknown, though it likely it will be well above $10 million. Each of the six adjacent homes is more than 7,000 square feet. The construction is slowly proceeding as planned.
The Palace is designed for the entire family to live there that includes his children and five grandchildren.
Kiran is a successful cardiologist, Kiran Patel founded the Tampa-based HMO WellCare in 1985 and sold the company to a New York investment group in 2003. The deal made him a multimillionaire.
The family has been generous in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.
The Patels gave $18.5 million to the University of South Florida to establish the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions and $5 million to what became the Dr. Pallavi Patel Performing Arts Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. The family also donated to build the USF/Patel Partnership Elementary School on the USF Tampa campus.
Besides its philanthropy in Tampa, the family also has donated overseas, including funding the construction of a 50-bed charity hospital serving 100,000 villagers in India and donations for annual scholarships for underprivileged children.
The Patels also sponsor 25 orphans from India to come annually to the United States and participate in cross-cultural programs.
The Palace contains a 3,700-square-foot banquet room fronts a 600-square-foot kitchen, and plans call for a 450-foot-long swimming pool with waterfalls and fountains. Besides the homes for the Patel families, plans call for three guest homes and a house for the staff as well as a 12-car garage and maintenance building.
The Palace, when completed, will become the county’s biggest, most expensive estate, though there a few that are 30,000-plus square feet.
Architecture representing India Architecture is one of a kind property in the USA.