The Mediterranean Revival was built in the early 1920s by Addison Mizner, the legendary Palm Beach architect, for department store tycoon Rodman Wanamaker. Wanamaker sold the estate to Joeseph P. Kennedy for approximately $100,000 in 1933. Joe Kennedy added an additional wing to the house, designed by Maurice Fatio, along with a swimming pool and tennis court.
Image via from the Archives of the State of Florida - Photos: 1923 - Public Domain
"Everyone in Palm Beach considered it a teardown," Castle told Fast Company magazine in 2003. "They said the house was ugly and awful, beyond saving. If one of the few gas-fired heaters exploded, I wouldn't have been surprised."
But fortunately, Castle grasped the home's potential and historical significance, calling it a "national sanctuary." The Castles underwent a two year, $6M renovation in keeping with the home's historical significance and Mizner's original vision. They also purchased most of the Kennedy furniture for an additional $80K, including the beds of Joe, Jack, Bobby, and Ted, the family's 18-foot-long dining table, J.F.K.'s mahogany massage table, and a chest of drawers with each drawer bearing a label in Rose's handwriting describing the contents.
Without further ado, let's check out the MLS pictures, along with historic images of "The Winter White House" via The Pink Pillbox and other sources where noted.
Easter, 1963 via
Front view, via The Palm Beach Post
Click here to take a tour with the current owner, John Castle.
And here for yet another tour!
Located at 1095 N. Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, Florida, this 15,347 square foot home has 11 bedrooms, 12 baths, and three partial baths. The listing is $38.5M. To view the listing, click here. For more historic images of the Winter White House, please visit the Pink Pill Box. Additional pictures can also be found here and here at the Palm Beach Post.