12/03/2007

PRESERVATION FOUNDATION OF PALM BEACH

Dedicated to preserving the unique environment of the Town of Palm Beach, the Board of Trustees all reside in the community. Through a variety of programs, the Foundation educates residents about their special heritage. Interacting with the town government to encourage preservation of historic architecture and maintenance of the residential quality of landmarks, the Foundation has funded campaign issues such as property tax abatement for historic landmarks, accurate appraisal information for historic homes, and consultant studies for management of redevelopment pressures. Programs for membership include tours, lectures and social events, a newsletter and other publications, and maintenance of Pan’s Garden, a public half-acre plus botanical garden with native Florida plants in upland and wetland habitats. The Earl E.T. Smith Preservation Park is a public pocket park in the town’s historic town square. The Little Red School House, oldest one room schoolhouse in southeast Florida, provides programs for children. Their architectural history library is a resource for residents, researchers and building professionals, and houses over 30,000 original plans from eminent Palm Beach architects and materials on historic preservation. Bring donations of fa├žade or scenic easements so that the Foundation can preserve them. Volunteer opportunities are available and membership is open to all. Call 561-832-0731.

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