Building Paradise: Addison Mizner's Legacy

This year’s featured exhibition (on display through June 29, 2019) at the Richard and Pat Johnson History Museum showcases the unmistakable architectural legacy of Addison Mizner. The year 2018 marks the centennial of Mizner’s first major Florida commission, the Everglades Club in Palm Beach–which remains in use today. In addition to many Palm Beach “society” mansions and commercial properties, Mizner’s unique style can also be seen in Boca Raton, which he dreamed of turning into “the world’s most architecturally beautiful playground.” His legacy remains strong in the 21st century, as new developments continue to emulate his Mediterranean-inspired style.

Guest curator Augustus Mayhew has gathered artifacts from private collectors and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County’s collection to illustrate both the distinctive stylistic features  Mizner introduced to The Palm Beaches, and his impact on the local business community. Mizner hired craftsmen from Europe and organized a complex of businesses in order to realize his vision. Among them are Las Manos Pottery (to produce roof and floor tiles and decorative pottery), La Puerta (antiques and reproduction furniture), and Mizner Ornamental Cut Cast Stone Plant (manufacturers of ornamental building stone). Many of those businesses still produce these same materials for today’s new construction.

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County’s offices are located inside the restored 1916 Courthouse, 300 North Dixie Highway, in downtown West Palm Beach. The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum is located on the 2nd Floor of the Courthouse.

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

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October 3, 2018 through October 16, 2018
12:00 am


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