Many homes in SE Florida are historical landmarks, or within historic districts, built from 1920-1950. The Mediterranean & Spanish Mission homes have features including pecky cypress doors and ceilings, arched windows and doors, original fireplaces & hardwood floors. Discover properties to compare that are or may become historic footnotes & interesting properties of note elsewhere. Historic Homes Specialist Marilyn Jacobs can find you a wonderful home in SE Florida, 561-638-9818.
Architectural Historian David Watkin will
lecture on ‘Current
Classical and Traditional Architecture in Britain and the USA’ on Thursday January 15 at 2 pm in
the Rosenthal Lecture Room at the Foundation’s offices at 311 Peruvian Avenue in Palm Beach,
Florida. The lecture is free to members and students; $20 for
non-members. Please call 561-832-0731 to reserve as seating is limited.
David Watkin is a British architectural historian, an
Emeritus Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Professor Emeritus of History of
Architecture in the Department of History of Art at the University of
Cambridge. He has also taught at the Prince of Wales's Institute of
Neoclassical architecture is Watkin's main research interest,
particularly from the 18th century to the present day, and he has published widely
on that topic. His book, Morality and Architecture: The Development of a Theme
in Architectural History and Theory from the Gothic Revival to the Modern
Movement in 1977, brought him wide international attention and was
re-published in expanded form as Morality and Architecture Revisited in
2001. Watkin challenges the prevailing
interpretation of the language used to describe modernist architecture, which
claims to be rational and truthful, reflecting the needs of the contemporary
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is a private, non-profit, 1500
member organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic,
architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, Florida.
The most singular name associated with this century’s Palm
Beach history is that of architect Addison Mizner.Immediate pictures come to mind upon mention
of his name, of fabulous buildings he built in the area for the Palm Beach
elite.Mizner led a colorful personal
life and became the prolific “go to man” for designing and decorating grand
palaces in the 1920’s, some of which are visible as you drive along the famed
coastline of Palm Beach and amidst its streets, though others have been torn
In keeping with their mission to collect, preserve and share
the history of Palm Beach County, the non-profit Historical Society of Palm
Beach County includes a program in their Distinguished Lecture Series about the
world-famous, talented, colorful architect, whose influence over the appearance
of Palm Beach was enormous, and continues to be imitated to this day.
Members of the Historical Society (admitted for free) and non-members
($20 admission fee) are welcome at 7 pm on December 10th at The
Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 North Dixie
Highway in West Palm Beach.Head to the 3rd
Floor Courtroom inside the historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse where the
Museum is housed.You can stay
afterwards for the reception and book signing.Free parking is available directly across the street of the north side
of the Courthouse.Entry is at the
southeast corner of 4th Street and Dixie, across from the WPB Fire
Rescue Station, from 6 pm on.For
further information call 561-832-4164.
Author Richard Silvin, born in Switzerland, former health care
corporate executive, began to write non-fiction books when he retired.Silvin, who is a Landmarks Preservation
Commission member, will give a lecture about “Villa Mizner, The House That Changed
Palm Beach”, which was Mizner’s own house, and people of note in Palm Beach, in
those times, mentioning others who lived in the house after Mizner passed away
in 1933.Other non-fiction books he
wrote include, “Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her,” “I
Survived Swiss Boarding Schools,” and “Walking the Rainbow.”
The Historical Society has archives with almost 2MM
photographic images, maps, newspapers, journals, periodicals, architectural
drawings and research files regarding events and people who shaped Palm Beach
County.They offer educational programs to
schools about Palm Beach’s history which goes back 12,000 years.
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.
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
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.
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)
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
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
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.
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.