Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach offers a special one-night only summer film festival of short movies.


These movies will be shown starting at 6 pm on Monday, July 5th.  They are dedicated to architecture, design, preservation and town planning and before the movies start, President Alexander Ives will introduce them and link the films with the causes and work of the Preservation Foundation. 

Twelve films will be presented during 2 hours.  Included are

  • films about future influences for architecture
  • architecture of Portugal
  • Miami’s 1111 parking garage changing people’s perception about what a utilitarian structure can be
  • Architect Renzo Piano’s designs for the Whitney Museum’s new home-just now open to the public
  • the ruins of New York City
  • efforts to save Yangon, capital city of Myanmar, from crumbling and being demolished
  • time lapse shots of 2 years of Shanghai construction
  • raising awareness of Modernism Architecture in Japan
  • saving the 1880’s Holland House in Chesapeake Bay
  • the destruction and changes to the Gran Casino Kursaal in San Sebastian, Spain.
    Refreshments will be provided.  Location is 311 Peruvian Avenue in Palm Beach, 2nd floor Rosenthal Lecture Room.  Showing is FREE but only reserved seating is available.  Call 561-832-0731, ext 111, to reserve.  No admission after program begins.
    Over 30 years, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach has given millions of dollars for the preservation and restoration of historic properties; worked advocating for over 290 landmarked properties; recognized numerous architects, owners and properties with awards; educated hundreds of thousands of children about the architectural, cultural and environmental legacy of Palm Beach; and saved thousands of archival documents in its library, among many other accomplishments.
    Come join us and watch history unfold amidst these buildings.


How to Decorate Your Home With Grandma's Antiques

Whether it is an ornate armoire or a set of antique tea cups, you may have quite a few possessions that once belonged to beloved members of your family — items that you want to incorporate into your home. However, as styles and tastes change with time, it might be difficult to find the right places for these items. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Use furniture as a focal point. That china hutch from the 1940s may not match your cozy living room, but you can still use it in your house. The best way to mix furniture styles is to create a focal point featuring the antique piece on display.
  • Create a grouping. If you have a number of smaller items that you’ve inherited and want to use, don’t place them randomly around the house. Instead, group them all together in one place to draw people to them as a feature. Decorative plates, photographs and paintings can be hung together on one wall.
  • Determine what is useful. There was a time when all this furniture wasn’t just on display. Before they were antiques, they were functional. Did you inherit a roll-top desk from your grandfather? If so, why not use it as a writing desk in your house? Give new life to old pieces by making them useful again.
  • Know when to let go. Of course, even with all your best efforts, you can’t use everything that you’ve received over the years. If generations of antiques are languishing in your attic or basement, it may be time to find them new homes. Sell what you can; donate other pieces to people who can use them. If you love them but can’t keep them, give them to other family members who can use them.
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