PALM BEACH's HISTORIC HOMES
Various styles of historic homes can be found in Palm Beach from humble bungalows to Spanish Mission houses to stately Mediterranean revivals. The Landmarks Preservation Commission readily approves changes that add modern amenities and living space without sacrificing architectural integrity. Features can include multilevel clay barrel tile roof lines, bell towers, cast-stone surrounds around the front doors, using coquina, and many other recognizable items. Architect Addison Mizner favored romantic flourishes while Maurice Fatio preferred a pared down less fussy Italian-influenced Mediterranean Revival style. These homes were built in the 1920’s and many have been restored and are cherished today. In 1997 a state law allowed municipalities to grant limited tax abatements for preservation projects, to help less-affluent communities save historic homes from demolition. The town of Palm Beach is certified by the state to make landmark designations.