Mar-A-Lago National Historic Landmark

1100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, Florida

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Mar-a-Lago

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 MAIN ENTRANCE GATES CLOSED

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

Mar-a-Lago is one of the most lavish of the mansions built in Florida in the early 20th century when the State was a wintering place for the country's wealthiest and most prominent families. Architecturally, it followed the contemporary vogue for the Spanish Revival, a style particularly suited to the climate and history of the area. Henry M. Flagler, the man almost solely responsible for developing the resort economy of the State, introduced the Spanish Revival to Florida. In 1884, he sent the fledgling architects, John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, to Spain for two years to gather impressions and ideas before beginning the design of the Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustine. Flagler's commission launched an important architectural firm and established a style that was to dominate Florida resort architecture. Palm Beach was the most exclusive of the Florida resort communities in the early 20th century. Addison Mizner made the Spanish Revival style de rigueur for palatial building there. For their wealthy clients, he and Marion Sims Wyeth designed numerous Mediterranean villas with patios to take advantage of the winter sun and spacious rooms for lavish entertaining. Mar-a-Lago is one of the grandest of these mansions and is the only one still resided in by the original owner. All of its elaborate decoration and fine furnishings remain intact. It is still surrounded by its landscaped grounds including a golf course on the shores of Lake Worth and a bathing beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Together the house and grounds provide an excellent picture of winter resort life in Palm Beach prior to the Depression. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS FL-195)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 23, 1980
Reference number
80000961
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Mediterranean style
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1923; 1927
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • February 20, 2020: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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