When I think of Palm Beach, the legendary architect Addison Mizner immediately comes to mind. His distinctive architectural style of the 1920s defines the island even to this day. “Perhaps no other architect has done as much to shape the look of Palm Beach as Addison Mizner,” noted the Palm Beach Daily News. This month, Rizzoli released a new book that celebrates Mizner’s work, Addison Mizner: Architect of Fantasy and Romance, by Beth Dunlop.
The go-to architect for the Jazz Age elite, Mizner created a new architectural style and a new lifestyle for the wealthy and socially prominent of Palm Beach—America’s preeminent winter resort town of the time. Building mansions, clubs, hotels, an apartment complex, and commercial spaces evocative of old Spain, Venice, and the Moorish capitals of Granada and Seville, Mizner established a design vocabulary and tradition that continues to influence architects, designers, and builders today.
Often known as “Mizner Mediterranean,” the spaces he designed featured courtyards with fountains, trellises with climbing bougainvillea, arched windows, glazed tile floors, spiraling marble columns, and expansive interiors with grand proportions. Addison Mizner: Architect of Fantasy and Romance explores Mizner’s legacy through such storied homes as La Guerida, best known now as the Kennedy Estate (where JFK composed his inaugural address), the lavish Cloister Inn in Boca Raton, as well as Villa dei Fiori – built for the heir of the Jell-O fortune. Celebrated for their beauty, opulence, and decorative detail, the houses and buildings Mizner built stand as monuments to the grand living and romance of a bygone era.
This beautiful new book is a must-have for anyone who loves Palm Beach and historic architecture. Addison Mizner: Architect of Fantasy and Romance is available for purchase via Amazon. And to see more of Mizner’s work, please visit the links below from past features by The Glam Pad…
I had the opportunity to tour a Palm Beach Mizner ocean to Intracoastal estate years ago while in my 20s.It was fascinating how he designed the home to feel like a village with different parts of the house connected and accessed by outside staircases and courtyards. It was wonderful so perhaps this book gets placed on my list.
What a character Mr. Mizner must’ve been !