Thursday, November 1, 2012

South Florida Social Diary

Basketball mega-superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were having fun, front row center for Saturday night's benefit at SoBe's W Hotel for the University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, chaired by fellow Miami Heat hoopster Juwan Howard and his wife Jenine Wardally Howard.
Palm Beach + Vero Beach + South Beach
Mizner medals, Mizner treasures and the Miami Heat

By Augustus Mayhew

Next month will mark four years since I was one of the lucky ones.  I walked out the front doors of the UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center having learned Dr. David Arnold had removed a benign tumor from the left side of my head, bigger than a golf ball, but smaller than a tennis ball was how he described it.  Now, when I return for my yearly check-ups to Dr. Arnold, director of the Otolaryngology Clinic with specialties in head/neck oncology and microvascular reconstructive surgery, I am overwhelmed by the sea of faces in the waiting rooms. Those waiting to hear, those that have already heard, and those whose hearts are filled with hope. 

So late in the week, when I got one of my least favorite things, a last minute invite to an event, how could I say No when it would give me a chance to thank Dr. Arnold and everyone at Sylvester for everything they do.  And although I have never been to a basketball game, and still have no plans, what a fun evening Jenine and Juwan Howard put together with their Juice Foundation, promoting organic healthy additives/alternatives to traditional cancer treatments.  Fashion for a Cause was family night for the Miami Heat basketball team, one of the most polite crowds I've been around.

But before heading to South Beach, with stops at the Margulies Collection, the Design District and the Lincoln Road Mall, I spent an evening at The Colony where the Florida chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) honored the first recipients of the Addison Mizner Medal. 

Then, a jaunt to Vero Beach for lunch with Ralph Sexton at the family’s recently re-opened Patio Restaurant.  Among Indian River County’s largest property owners, the Sextons have contributed several of the area’s most eclectic architectural and cultural landmarks, among them, the Ocean Grill, the Driftwood Inn, McKee Jungle Gardens, and The Patio, along the way amassing the largest collection of Addison Mizner artifacts outside of Palm Beach.

ICAA awards 2012 Addison Mizner Medals at The Colony Hotel

Although most everyone arrived late, what with presidential fundraising receptions causing an I-95 shutdown, roadblocks on South Ocean Boulevard, and bridge delays, more than 100 architects, designers, and enthusiasts convened at The Colony Hotel Pavilion to honor their first Addison Mizner Medal recipients.  Before the champagne and trays were passed, I trekked around the hotel, catching a glimpse of Carleton Varney’s re-do of the penthouse floor while unsuccessfully trying to find a view of the hotel’s Florida-shaped pool.
Palm Beach architect Byron Simonson's magnum opus, The Colony Hotel, was the setting for the Florida chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art's recent reception.
Left: Fred Zrinscak, ICAA secretary. Right: David Case, president of the ICAA Florida chapter, is a Jacksonville architect. We discussed the remarkable Riverside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, designed by Addison Mizner. Mizner's church, the baptism pool is floored in Mizner blue tiles, has one of the largest collection of original Mizner-designed light fixtures. A National Register-designated landmark, the church's architectural history can be found here. The church is located at 2650 Park Street, only a few minutes from the Interstate.
The Pavilion at The Cony Hotel moments before the reception began.
The Colony Hotel, façade view on South County Road and porte cochere entrance on the south elevation facing Hammon Avenue.
Byron Simonson's late 1940's design was originally as Moderne as it was inspired by British Colonial traditions.
The Colony Hotel, main lobby looking towards the reception desks.
The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach (there is also a Colony Hotel in Delray Beach) has been designated Palm Beach County's 2012 Hotel of the Year.
At the ICAA Reception
Adib Cure and Carie Penabad, Cure & Penabad Architects, were given the Historic Preservation award for their restoration and addition to one of the houses located in the Dutch South African village in Coral Gables originally designed by Marion Sims Wyeth..
Gary Brewer, partner with Robert A. M. Stern Architects LLP, was a medal winner for his design of Seaside Cottage, an entry in the under 5,000 square feet residential category, built in Seaside, Florida. Anne Fairfax, managing partner of the Fairfax & Sammons Architects, accepted the award for the New York firm's work at Il Palmetto, the Joseph Widener House in Palm Beach.
Clockwise from top: Seaside Cottage; Il Palmetto; Flagler Museum's Kenan Pavilion.
Jeffery Smith arrives. Mr. Smith received the Addison Mizner Medal award in the Civic-Institutional category for the Smith Architectural Group's design of the Flagler Museum's Kenan Pavilion.
Maria de la Guardia and Teófilo Victoria, de la Guardia Victoria Architects & Urbanists, Coral Gables.
Jon G. Zubiller, associated with David M. Schwarz Architects Inc., Washington, D.C. Mr. Zubiller's firm was recognized for the design of Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota. Laurel Baker, executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Julie and John Melhorn. Mr. Melhorn is an architect based in West Palm Beach.
Matt Riley and Chad Jensen, affiliated with the Thomas Riley Artisan's Guild, Naples, Florida. Ernesto A. Buch, principal of Ernesto Buch Architect, New Haven, Miami & Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Mr. Buch received recognition for Casa Almacigo, a single-family residential greater than 5,000 square feet.
Orjan Lindroth and Lane Jeter Manis. President of Lindroth Development Company, Mr. Lindroth was awarded the Patron Medal.
Living Landmark and nonagenarian James Augustine Ponce shared some historical moments with the audience. Carter Redd, vice-president and managing director of Lindroth Development Company.
Around The Colony
The pool is said to be shaped like the State of Florida. Unfortunately, because of roof overhangs and power lines I could not snap a photo of the entire pool, obstructed views only. This was taken from atop the parking garage at 150 Worth Avenue.
But a sensational view of Worth Avenue where it intersects County Road, looking west.
And Wally Findlay's study in black-and-white looking north.
And a view of the chateau-in-the-sky, The Colony Hotel penthouses, favorites of Marjorie Merriweather Post and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Designer Carleton Varney is in the midst of a sensational makeover of the rooms on the penthouse floor.
The distinctive pool entrance from Hammon Avenue.
A few more snaps at the ICAA reception
Miguel Rosales and John David Corey.
Gerald Bauxbaum, a member of the Mizner Medal Committee, and John Wilson, ICAA regional vice-president.
Richard and Donna Schulze.
Trisha and Joe Cronk. Mr. Cronk is a principal with Cronk Duch Architecture, Jacksonville.
Gil M. Walsh, of Gil Walsh Interiors, West Palm Beach, and Fred Zrinscak, ZINC Design Services, Inc.
The Colony Hotel, 155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach,
Lunch in Vero Beach
The Patio, Ocean Grill and McKee Jungle Gardens
Lunch with the extraordinary Ralph Sexton, pictured above with The Patio's new award-winning chef Leanne Kelleher. Ralph's father Waldo Sexton opened The Patio in 1935 as a fruit stand and later converted into a restaurant that he filled with Mizner lanterns, tiles, garage doors from El Mirasol, and Spanish heraldry plaques. More than 75 years later, The Patio's vast Miznerabilia is intact. And best of all, on Thursday every table was filled for lunch.
But not only did the Sextons have various enterprises on the mainland, the family also had a significant presence along Vero Beach's oceanfront.
The Ocean Grill opened on New Year's Eve, 1941. Operated by the Replogle family since the mid-1960s, the Ocean Grill and the land surrounding it is still owned by the Sexton family.
A Persian tile plaque inset along the wall at Sexton Plaza next to the Ocean Grill. The daily salt spray wears on the colorful tile plaque.
To the south of the Ocean Grill, the Sexton family built the Driftwood Inn. First used by the family as a beach house, they began adding rooms until it became a resort. Above, one of the original buildings now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Adorned with Mizner tiles and lanterns, the table in the breezeway was where early visitors would store their liquor bottles. Described as " a carnival of sea fragments and castle of discarded used parts," the Driftwood was first built as the family's four-bedroom beach cottage in 1934.
In the Driftwood's parking lot, Addison Mizner's resident sculptor and Palm Beach resident Percival Dietsch's bas-relief that once adorned Playa Riente; Hanging outside the Driftwood's office, a tile plaque from Playa Riente; Percival Dietsch's bas-relief of Ponce de Leon discovery of Florida has also spent the past 50 years in the Driftwood Inn's parking lot.
A few blocks south of the Driftwood Inn, a wall mural at Lily Pulitzer's beachside signature shop The Lazy Daisy captures the essence of Old Vero Beach.
McKee Jungle Gardens
During the early 1930s Waldo Sexton brought William Lyman Phillips, who at the time was working on Mountain Lakes with the Olmsted Brothers, to design McKee Jungle Gardens, Vero Beach's botanical showplace.
The formal entrance to the gardens, once home to a "Cathedral of Royal Palms" made up of more than 300 royal palms.
McKee Jungle Gardens, timeline.
At McKee, Waldo built the Hall of Giants accessorized with Mizner-designed doors and Mizner Industries lanterns.
Hall of Giants, dedication marker.
The Hall of Giants housed Waldo's collection of bells.
Hall of Giants, south elevation.
"The Men of McKee: Waldo Sexton and Arthur McKee."
Hall of Giants, interior. Waldo acquired the mahogany table from the Museum of Natural History in New York. According to legend, the museum was storing it in the basement, as they discovered what they thought was a table made from California redwood was actually made from Philippine mahogany.
Hall of Giants, interior. At the time, the table top was thought to be the largest hewn piece of mahogany.
Hall of Giants, mahogany table.
Across from the Hall of Giants, Waldo built the Spanish Kitchen with six open grills and "room to cook 100 steaks."
The Spanish Kitchen was added in 1940.
McKee Jungle Gardens was recently restored.
Back at The Patio
The Patio wall between the bar and the restaurant's main room is said to be composed from the garage doors at the Stotesbury's estate El Mirasol.
The Patio, wrought-iron grill.
President of the Indian River County Historical Society, Hildie Tripson is married to Mark Tripson, Waldo Sexton's grandson. Mark and Hildie live at Waldo Sexton homestead, once the family's dairy farm, with an extensive collection of Mizner artifacts, among them, Anna Dodge's sofa, century's old tile tables from Playa Riente, as well as columns from the Royal Poinciana Hotel.
The Patio, east elevation. Playa Riente, wrought iron.
The Patio, entrance tile plaque.
The Patio, main room. The ladies from the Unitarian Universalist Church enjoy a luncheon unaware perhaps that they are sitting next to the black-tiled Spanish Bar that once graced Playa Riente.
The Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE
591 NW 27th Street - Wynwood Arts District

With UBS planning to stage this year's VIP Art Basel dinner at The Margulies Collection, I stopped in for a preview of the most recent installation that will be up when fairgoers arrive in early December. Renowned collector Martin Z. Margulies has achieved added fame recently with his reoccurring role on a BRAVO-TV reality series called Gallery Girls where his daughter Liz Margulies is one of the stars. "You just missed them," said Katherine Hinds, the collection's curator since 1982. Along with pieces from the permanent collection, including works by Isamu Noguchi, Juan Miro, and Richard Serra, Art Basel fairgoers can peruse Mr. Margulies' sculptural works by Anselm Keifer and Simryn Gill, videos by Kader Attia and Leandro Erlich, photographs by Sabelo Miangeni and Wael Shawky.
Anselm Kiefer's three-ton sculpture is the exhibition's centerpiece.
ANSELM KIEFER Sprache der Vogel. Germany, 1989. 115 in. x 195 in. x 67 in. Comprised of giant books made from sheets of lead, the piece represents the artist's "reoccurring themes of material and ideological decay."
JUAN MIRO Oiseau, 1981. The collection's $10 admission fee benefits The Lotus House Shelter for Homeless Women and Children. Having begun his vast collection in 1976 with the purchase of a Noguchi, Margulies acquired the 45,000-square-foot warehouse in 1999.
SIMRYN GILL Mine, 2007-2008. Singapore. "A collection of small spherical materials and objects either found or constructed around Gills' studios in Australia, Malaysia and New York."
ISAMU NOGUCHI. RUBY NERI Untitled, 2011. Stoneware with glaze, acrylic paint and oil paint.
Louis Vuitton opens in the Design District
With construction hazards afoot on the sidewalk and located next door to Michael's, Louis Vuitton opened last week with a façade designed by RETNA, West Coast graffitist.
H&M plans November opening at former Lincoln Theatre on Lincoln Road
Work continued on Saturday afternoon for Sweden-based Hennes & Mauritz's latest fashion outpost set to open soon. Shoppers, be prepared.
Lincoln Theatre, decorative panel. Opened in 1936, the theatre was designed by Thomas Lamb.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Lincoln Road Mall was originally the work of Morris Lapidus. On Saturday afternoon, the mall was beyond crowded.
Lincoln Road Mall. In the center of this architectural folly, a plaque honors Morris Lapidus.
Mr. Chow holds staff meeting at the W Hotel
While waiting for guests to arrive for the UM Sylvester benefit, I noticed a staff meeting was in progress at Mr. Chow's. Unable to resist testing my digital camera's White Balance, I pressed my lens to the tinted glass doors, thinking I would be unseen from about 30-40 feet away.
Drat! I must have ruined the flow of the staff meeting.
W Hotel, South Beach
2nd Annual Fashion for A Cause benefit for UM Sylvester Cancer Center

Juwan and Jenine Howard, Juice Foundation, and W South Beach Hotel & Residences welcomed more than 300 guests to an evening of fun, fashion and fundraising to benefit the UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. More than 30 children, including those affected by cancer, put their stage fright aside, at least some did, and modeled the latest looks from Oxygene. I did not stay for the live performance by Mindless Behavior.
Juwan Howard, Jenine Howard, Shannon Allen with Wynstan Allen, and Ray Allen. I noticed the Howards were the perfect hosts, giving LeBron James and Dwyane Wade the front row center seats while they sat to their left.
James and Destiny Jones arrive at the W Hotel with their children who knew right away what to do before I even asked. First signed with the Miami Heat in 2008, Mr. Jones (6'8") was a member of the 2011-2012 NBA championship team.
Former US-Russian hockey player Darius Kasperaitis with his wife Lisa, their daughters Liv and Lilly, the cutest kids on Earth, and son Marley.
Clockwise from above: Courtney Denaeau ready for the runway; Antoinette Roland; Mark Strickland. A former pro NBA basketball player, Mr. Strickland is now a coach.
Yvette Morrell and Chris Riley, wife of Miami Heat president Pat Riley, the legendary former Heat coach and LA Laker coach. According to press reports, the Riley's sold their spectacular Arvida Parkway house in the Gables for $16+ million. Ms. Riley is as personable and incandescent as this photograph reflects.
Tomi Rose and Maya Wardally.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James arrive with their families. In 2010, Mr. James signed a six-year $110 million contract with the Miami Heat.
"We are the basketball players' mothers …" So far, not yet a BRAVO reality series.
Emily Sherman and Adriana Aragon, public relations with W South Beach Residences.
Katy Stoka and Dario Stoka.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, await the runway show.
Miami Heat player Rashard Lewis and family. Never too young to learn to .... After accepting a $13 million buyout from the New Orleans Hornets Lewis signed a 2-year $2.6 million contract in July with the Miami Heat.
Clockwise from above: Jenine Howard talks about her family's experience with cancer and the role the UM Sylvester Cancer Center played in a family-member's illness. The Juice Foundation is named for her brother-in-law who while being treated for cancer remained on an organic-based diet and juicing; The kids on the runway stole the show; For some, it might have been their first time in front of an audience; others were born for the stage.
A little attitude added to the entertainment.
In the crowd, Tamia Everett and guest enjoyed the show.
Dwyane Wade. Mr. Wade is the author of A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball.
Shannon and Ray Allen with Wynstan. In July, Allen reportedly turned down the Celtics 2-year $12 million deal and signed a 3-year $9 million contract with the Miami Heat.
7:00 pm. As I was leaving The W, more herds of Escalades were arriving.
Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.
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