Building Paradise: Addison Mizner’s Legacy

Palm Beach County’s architecture and stylishness owes much to Addison Mizner. One hundred years ago, in 1918, he receive is first major Florida commission, to create and build the stylish  Everglades Club in Palm Beach. Many Palm Beach “society” mansions and commercial properties followed, and in time, Mizner’s unique style spread farther south to Boca Raton, where he dreamed of building “the world’s most architecturally beautiful playground.”

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County pays homage to Addison Mizner in this remarkable exhibition by guest curator, Augustus Mayhew. Visitors can pour over artifacts from private collectors and treasures from the Historical Society of Palm Beach County’s collection to understand the changes that Mizner brought into this part of Florida, both architecturally and with his innovative business models. Mizner’s story is illustrated with selected items from the Historical Society’s extensive permanent collection, and includes photographs, architectural plans, sketches, scrapbooks, and diaries, as well as decorative objects and furnishings produced by Mizner Industries, the county’s largest building-related company in 1920.

Free. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

View of the Everglades Club on Lake Worth – Palm Beach, Florida. ca 1920. Black & white photonegative. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 15 Jan. 2019.<>.


January 15, 2019 through June 29, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm


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