TIME FOR A WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES IN PALM BEACH?
Worth Avenue is considered one of the best world wide upscale exclusive shopping streets, with many top name luxury retail stores, jewelers, art galleries and restaurants. Walking down Worth Avenue, in and out of the pretty and picturesque flowered alleyways, browsing or buying, can occupy a happy afternoon.
Five major architects are responsible for charming, elegant old-world Mediterranean-style buildings in the Worth Avenue area – Addison Mizner, John Volk, Howard Major, Maurice Fatio and Marion Sims Wyethe. The Everglades Club was built in 1918 and is still beautiful. These architects are also responsible for many commercial and residential buildings. The Palm Beach Preservation Foundation’s mission is to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of the Town of Palm Beach and the scenic quality. Awards are given to properties for their preservation efforts and results.
Built in 1925, architects for the Brazilian Court Hotel were, Rosario Candela (1925) and, Maurice Fatio (1936). The property began as a Mediterranean Revival style residence, and later added a south wing and was landmarked in 1994. Fatio built many beautiful homes in the area, as did the other architects mentioned above. These stately elegant properties still stand, well loved and lived in, a testament to the abilities and quality of materials used by these architects in the early 1920’s. In 2010 this hotel was designated #1 in Florida by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
Now a 5-star hotel, you might want to stop for an exciting lunch or dinner at Café Boulud. The courtyard in back is charming and romantic. A reservation for a room or suite will result in an elegant, memorable vacation. The courtyard in back is charming and romantic. A reservation for a room or suite will result in an elegant, memorable vacation. You can walk to Worth Avenue or head to the beach with jeep transportation provided.
At 450 Worth Avenue, Casa de Leoni, built in 1920 by Addison Mizner, favors a Venetian design. This property received the Preservation Foundation Ballinger Award for Restoration in 1995. At 456 Worth Avenue, sits Villa des Cygnes, built by Addison Mizner in 1922. In 417 Major Alley there is a small row of Bermuda style homes built by Howard Major in 1925.
In 1994, Pan’s Garden at 386 Hibiscus Avenue became a Preservation Foundation project, and won many awards. See many Florida native plants at this delightful, serene Botanic Garden. At 319 Brazilian Avenue, a typical Palm Beach bungalow was built in 1910 and given the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach Ballinger Award for Restoration in 1995. Tours are available for school children.
The oldest house in Palm Beach is Sea Gull Cottage, built in 1886, in 1993 Henry Flagler’s first winter home. In 1913 it was moved to the oceanfront as part of the Breakers Hotel. The property has won many awards.
For exclusive walking tours for groups, call 561-659-6909 and be treated to the history of the area by James Ponce, who is called Palm Beach’s only “Two Legged Historical Landmark” by the Palm Beach Town Council. Hear the facts and fables of Palm Beach’s illustrious history and celebrity residents. Tours are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. in the Gucci Courtyard at 256 Worth Avenue on January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23 and other dates thereafter. Call to reserve.