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Addison Mizner: The Architect Whose Genius Defined Palm Beach


Presentation and Book Signing

Addison Mizner: The Architect Whose Genius Defined Palm Beach

Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.
The Cloister Clubroom

The same innovative architect who designed The Cloister in 1928 created an enduring architectural legacy that has defined Palm Beach and continues to inspire gracious living in grand style. Known as a society architect, Mizner produced more than 35 splendid residences in south Florida for clientele that included such families as Duke, Biddle, Vanderbilt, Phipps, Wanamaker, and Warburton.

Unlike most of his peers who began careers in their early twenties, Addison Mizner’s serious focus on architecture began at the age of 38. He spent most of his early adult life living by his wits, recognized as a humorist, bon vivant, bohemian, prospector, painter, writer, and prize fighter. He was known by posterity, however, as an architect, landscape architect, builder, interior designer, and connoisseur.

His varied life (1872 – 1933) can be understood as three periods: his global travels as a young man, architectural beginnings in San Francisco and New York, and his grand triumph in Palm Beach. Each period parallels an inflection point in U.S. history, from the discoveries of gold and silver that elevated San Francisco to a major city; to Gilded Age New York in the early 1900s, and finally to post-World War I Palm Beach where an American plutocracy came to display and enjoy its growing wealth. This book places Addison Mizner’s remarkable career in architecture within the broader context of social, cultural, and economic developments. His inimitable personality shines throughout.

Join authors Jimmy Caughman and Stephen Perkins for a presentation and book signing.

Program is complimentary for Resort Guests and Sea Island Club members. Reservations required, .

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