10/19/2014

PALM BEACH DOUBLES NUMBER OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES IT COULD LANDMARK in 2014-2015

The Landmarks Preservation Commission safeguards the Town of Palm Beach’s historic and cultural resources through its landmarked structures and historic districts. 


In 1979, in order to preserve the Town of Palm Beach’s historic resources, a Historic Preservation Ordinance was adopted to study and protect Palm Beach’s most significant architectural achievements to ensure that Palm Beach’s heritage would not be lost for future generations.  The ordinance has been amended several times to clarify the purpose of the ordinance and its requirements.  Currently, there are 284 landmark properties, sites and vistas.

The Town Council has, in the past, budgeted for research by preservation consultants at $50,000, which allowed them to complete about 10 designation reports per season.  That figure has now risen to $100,000 to allow more reports to be done.

There are four criteria used to justify designating a property as a town landmark.  This season the Landmarks board will study seven properties

Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach Executive Director, Alexander Ives, asked the board to study the Clarence Mack-designed Regency-style homes in Regent Park, south of the Bath & Tennis Club, and Parc Monceau, in the south end.  The board is considering designating the two groups of houses as historic districts.  The designation season is from November through April and along with the list below two properties researched last season will be considered.  They are 177 Clarendon Avenue and 1545 North Ocean Way.

Noting that a landmarked home at 105 Clarendon Avenue had project managers who allowed sections of the home to be demolished without permission, the advisory board is considering policy changes that would better protect landmarked properties.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will review these properties this season:

A circa-1919 Mission-style building at 255 Royal Poinciana Way

A circa-1923 Neo-Classical style building at 211 Royal Poinciana Way

A 1927 John Volk-designed Mediterranean-Revival at 233 Clarke Ave.

A 1919 Dutch Colonial (architect unknown) at 133 Seaspray Ave.

A 1928 Tudor-style building designed by Clark J. Lawrence at 311 S. County Road

A 1934 Treanor and Fatio-designed British Colonial at 17 Middle Road,

A 1924 Mediterranean-Revival at 189 Bradley Place.



To check out the Landmark Manual go to http://townofpalmbeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/1010
It includes

  • Registers of Historic Places
  • Important dates in the Town’s History
  • Architectural History and Styles
  • Standards of Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction

10/16/2014

LOCAL "TASTE HISTORY CULTURAL TOURS OF HISTORIC PALM BEACH" PROVIDES HISTORY, ART, CULTURE AND TRAVEL INFO


This multi-cultural culinary tour is for history buffs and foodies.  The Culture Trip, an international news agency cited this tour among their Florida’s 10 Best Food Festivals and Fiestas.   TripBuzz ranked this tour as #7 out of 118 nearby activities.  South Beach Wine and Food Festival and the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival recognize this tour.



Visit 3 to 4 restaurants for hearty food tastings and trips to historic districts, unique restaurants, historic buildings, art districts and art galleries.  



Areas toured include Northwood Village/West Palm Beach; Lake Worth and Lantana; Delray Beach and Boynton Beach and private tours can be arranged. These local tours are available year-round and go on, rain or shine.



These guide-narrated 4-hour tours are done by bus for 15-20 people.  In Delray Beach, it’s early history is described from its first Midwest founders, William Linton and David Swinton, to early landowners including Henry Flagler and William and Sara Gleason.



Some eating experiences are standing-only.  Dietary restrictions and substitutions cannot be provided.  Some eateries are cafes, restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops, markets, food stands, an urban farm, historic buildings, cultural centers and art galleries.  See their facebook page for pix.




Tours are held on 2nd, 3rd and4th Saturdays at 11 a.m.  There is about 4-6 blocks of walking.  Tours travel through historic districts and neighborhoods.  Each tour varies its stops. 



Pre-payment of $40 per person is required; children under 18 are free when accompanied by an adult, but you must call to verify that space is available.  After February 15, 2015, the new tour rate will be $45 per person for Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana; $50 per person for West Palm Beach as bus rental and insurance fees have gone up. 



Tours board at Macy’s outside east entrance at the Boynton Beach Mall in Boynton Beach.  The tours are sponsored partly by Macy’s, famous for its culinary tools department, and discounts are given to trip participants.





10/13/2014

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LANDMARKED STATUE OF LIBERTY BECOMING A CONDO CONVERSION sez THE REAL DEAL


As a condo conversion, it would be hard to find the privacy, security and exclusivity plus the historic feeling and water views... and it is a landmark!

The article states that parking will be featured at the base of the statue along with high-end retail stores, a five star restaurants and maids quarters.  Affordable housing would be limited.  Applicants just have to pass the reasonable credit check.

See more including layout of condos and prices at: http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/10/12/what-if-
the-statue-of-liberty-was-condo-conversion/#sthash.SFI2GuqF.dpuf

(THIS IS A SATIRE BUT CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE 

IDEAS FOR THE INTERIOR OF THE STATUE) 

10/03/2014

GREAT PLACES IN AMERICA NAMES WEST PALM BEACH’S HISTORIC CLEMATIS STREET IN TOP TEN BEST AMERICAN STREETS







Since the 1890’s, Clematis Street has been the commercial district for Palm Beach County.  Initial surveyors and engineers for Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railroad (1893) planned the area’s configuration.  Since 1990 it has been a two-way street.  The 500 block is listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1996.  A waterfront park and pavilion connects the waterfront to Clematis Street.  From the park you can walk the waterfront and admire the really big boats docked there. Since 2009, there is a new library and city hall complex.

Locals and visitors are drawn to the street with festivals, annual events and concerts.  Catch the trolley that connects CityPlace, train and bus stations, Palm Beach Atlantic University and downtown West Palm Beach.  Some call it, “Main Street,” and “the entertainment center of West Palm Beach”, a living room, where people relax, have fun, shop, dine and do business.  There are antique shops to browse, colorful boutiques to find that one-of-a-kind item, nightclubs, a movie plex and some upscale stores and restaurants nearby. Have a drink and dine at Bradleys across from the Intracoastal Waterway and enjoy crowd watching.  Architecture is authentic and eclectic, evolving over the last century, including every era and style. 

Historic buildings abound with shops and restaurants on the ground floors of historic buildings.  On higher floors you can find startups, small tech companies, and artists.  Residents’ non –traditional work schedules activate and energize the street, often in the later hours. Some retailers have been there for 100 years.  Drop in to Segway Tours, “the best way to see the area”, and voted # 1 by Trip Advisor of 24 West Palm Beach Activities.  Rent a self-balancing “Personal Transporter,” a motorized “scooter” that changes direction by leaning that way.  Modern dance clubs and health food emporiums are included.  “Clematis by Night” offers a fountain-side concert series, food art and children’s activities.  .  After browsing an art gallery, sit outside and have coffee or wine and cheese.  “SunFest,” the annual boat show and “Corvettes on Clematis” are well attended events with the area drawing about 80,000 visitors a week.

Nearby places to enjoy are The Kravis Center where top stars perform, the Convention Center with art, antiques and jewelry shows, and lots of interesting street browsing.  The area encompasses 5 blocks from Flagler Drive to Rosemary Avenue.

Next time you are looking to have fun, head over to Clematis Street!

9/28/2014

FOUR ARTS HAS NEW COLORFUL NATURE MURALS IN GUBELMANN AUDITORIUM



A 1930's building originally designed by Addison Mizner as The Embassy Club now houses the Four Arts Society, which includes the fabulous Gubelmann Auditorium.


Electrifying red colors that echo the Auditorium’s dominant color, and a newly exposed row of arches, add an illusion of looking through arched windows at a Florida sunset, according to the Palm Beach Daily News (“Shiny Sheet”). The previous “plain” look was said to be drab.  Budget surplus was used for these improvements.  The Auditorium seats 700 and features state-of-the-art electronics to ensure that the sound of a symphony playing in the Gubelmann Auditorium can be heard with great detail – even for those with severe hearing loss.

Included in the new arched murals are Florida-local birds and plants such as ibis, roseate spoonbill, hibiscus, magnolia, sea grape, palms and pines.  Mixed acrylic paint and casein were used to produce surface resonance for improved acoustics.

Presentations in the auditorium and within the complex include concerts, art exhibits, films, lecture series, library series, events in the botanical and sculpture gardens, classes on painting and art, and other cultural offerings.  There is a popular Children’s Library.  The Campus on the Lake offers cultural education lectures, workshops, classes and field trips exploring art, music, literature, drama and the art of living well.

The original 1930’s building was the Addison Mizner-designed Embassy Club. 

For more information: http://www.fourarts.org/
 

9/27/2014

99 YEAR OLD TAMPA ESTATE GOES TO AUCTION












IMAGINE… owning a 3.5 acre estate overlooking Clearwater Bay in Tampa that is 23,919 sq ft, has 10 bedrooms, 15 full and 9 half bathrooms, 2 swimming pools, regulation size tennis and basketball courts, a gazebo, private dock and historic bell tower, and 500-year old oak trees!


Included are lavish crystal chandeliers and a former carriage house that is now a 5-car air conditioned garage with a hydraulic car life for extra parking.


It could become a family complex, small boutique hotel, organization’s retreat, or fabulous private home.  Century Oaks is the name of the estate.


Reserve price is $8.5MM, which means any offers below that figure can be considered by the seller, but the highest offer above that figure means an automatic sale.  On the market for $18.5MM, it was not sold.


9/25/2014

1925 WYETH MEDITERRANEAN HOUSE FOR SALE IN PALM BEACH


PHIPPS PLAZA 3-story landmarked Mediterranean style home that can be single family, or have rental units and owner still live there.  Right now there are 3 long term renters in units.  One block to ocean.  fireplaces, high pecky cypress ceilings, frog fountain, courtyard with park view, master upstairs, no HOA.  Located in center of town, walk to shop, dine et al. 

LOCATION!   LOCATION!   LOCATION!

9/20/2014

FORMERLY LANDMARKED HOME BEING DEMOLISED, WILL BE REBUILT



 
 

 
 
 
Rare indeed is the allowance of demolition of a landmarked home.  Vita Serena was designed by Marion Sims Wyeth in 1926, but the house, at 105 Clarendon Avenue, Palm Beach had numerous problems such as decaying wood frame walls, termite infestation and extensive water damage.  Preservation was out of the question. The house was landmarked in 1990. For three decades it was the home of Jean Flagler Matthews, granddaughter of Henry F Flagler.  During the 1960’s, King Saud of Saudi Arabia leased the estate for several weeks.

A replica is being constructed by architect Harold Smith and structural engineer Albert Gargiulo, who said, “We are trying to work within the constraints of the decaying structure, and he recommends using reinforced interior masonry resting on a new foundation.  The contractor is John Rossi.  A stop-work order was issued by the town according to the September 5, 2014 issue of the Palm Beach Daily News and on September 19th the paper reported that demolition was approved. 

The house sits on 2.2 acres with 143’ of oceanfront.  Interiors included old world detailing, cornices, moldings, arches, pecky cypress, 12’ ceilings.  There is a private tunnel to the beach, a 60’ pool, tennis court, oceanfront cabana, 5-car garage and whole house generator.  There was a finished basement and 680 ft of parking, fireplace and garden.   Public records show the house was sold in August 2013 for $86,699  while the Palm Beach Daily News reported on that day that the house sold for $10+MM and included an adjacent 4-bedroom guest house on South County Road.  The property is on a curve on South County and sale totaled $17.4MM.

The Palm Beach Town Council voted in January 2012 not to designate a Mediterranean Revival-style house at 100 El Bravo Way, a Landmark.  A 2000 sq ft addition to the 1922 home by Marion Sims Wyeth had altered the building’s form to such an extent that it no longer met the landmark criteria.  The work included a second floor added to the north portion of the house, saying  “this is a different house.  It doesn’t serve as a representative specimen of Wyeth.”

9/19/2014

NYC TOWNHOUSE BUILT FOR DOUGLAS ELLIMAN 1909 WAS SOLD

 
 
Upper East Side Neo-Federal townhouse built in 1909 for Douglas Elliman at 177 E 71st St just sold for $14.8MM.  It is 6 stories high.

Architect was S.E. Gage.  It was built two years before Elliman opened his real estate agency.
Twenty feet wide, there are 8 bedrooms, 6700 sq ft and has a gym, movie theatre, roof deck and garden and six fireplaces.   There are 6 full and 3 half bathrooms.

8/10/2014

1964 HISTORIC BEACH HOUSE FOR SALE OR RENT RIGHT NOW!

Life is a beach!
  
Buy ($6MM), or rent ($25,000 annually, $45,000 seasonally)
Quintessential beach house
3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths and private guest bath and bedroom
   
 
25’x19’ living room. Open floor plan with many windows providing light in major rooms.  East exposure boasts sweeping ocean and beach views from all major rooms.  Private direct beachfront gazebo and sunning deck, with stairs to wide sandy beach and ocean in Esplanade Estates, near desirable quiet north end of Palm Beach Island.
3828 living sq ft. 
 
Private pool, 2 car garage, circular and long driveway

21’x13’ eat-in-kitchen
21'x16' master bedroom - DIRECT OCEAN VIEW and bath
 
Possibility of purchasing adjacent property
to have a family compound or built to suit

 Come and see this wonderful getaway...
make it your major property!

7/23/2014

DUNKIN' DONUTS STORE IN WEST PALM BEACH NEEDS MORE PARKING SPACES

 
 
On July 10, the Zoning Board of Appeals will meet to discuss Dunkin' Donut's request to demolish an 83-year old Spanish style historic house to make room for a parking lot for their store which is adjacent.
 
 
The request is to expand the lot for parking spaces and raze the house at 412 Avenida Alegre.
 
Area homeowners are quoted as saying, “From 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., it’s a treacherous situation, I think a parking lot will make a big improvement as far as safety on the street goes.” With a lack of parking spaces, Dunkin' customers sometimes use residential driveways to turn around in, creating a traffic hazard.
 
 

FOR SALE: 1931 HOME IN COLLEGE PARK HISTORICAL DISTRICT, LAKE WORTH




This 1932 historic Spanish Mission style home has many wonderful features.  Pecky cypress ceilings, mosaic tile floors, fireplace, arched entry door, and private garden visible from most windows.

With 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, living sq ft is a generous 2615.  Located near beach and ocean and Atlantic Avenue with its famed restaurants, boutiques and cultural venues.

Front bedroom features marble floors, loft with 18' ceiling.  Gourmet kitchen has gas cook top and triple built-in wall ovens and overlooks family room with Saltillo tile floors and impact glass doors.

Formal living and dining room with period fireplace parquet flooring and arch-topped stained glass period windows.

Master bedroom is on 2nd floor and has rich wood flooring.  Three separate a/c zones create a great comfort level.

Gardens are lush and there are two separate one car garages.

List price is $369,000.

Questions?  Call Marilyn at 561-638-9818.