ADDISON MIZNER ON PAPER Sketches & Drawings: 1904 – 1930. PART II

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Boca Raton Historical Society – The Society of the Four Arts
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County

Sketches. Above, Everglades Club Villas, facades. 1918. Below, Worth Avenue, west end landscape. 1918. [Touchstone Magazine]
Sketch. La Puerta stationery. Worth Avenue. [BRHS]
Sketch. Worth Avenue, arcade. c. 1921-1922. [BRHS]
Sketch. Worth Avenue. Via Mizner conceptual drawing. [BRHS]
Pen and ink sketch with colored pencil, fragment. Floor plan and five-story tower layout sketch. Via Mizner, Worth Avenue. [BRHS]
Sketch. Harris Hammond apartment, Worth Avenue, located above Everglades Arcade. “Nice scrolls, XXVII or XVIII” for balcony railing. Plot 100-foot front on Worth Avenue opposite Wilson’s house with tiny little shack (doll house) on it – Lot same depth as Mrs. Hodges (Glenn Hodges).” [BRHS]
Sketch. “Phipps.” [BRHS]
Colored pencil sketch. “Addison Mizner – Architect. Stationery. Palm Beach Florida.” [BRHS]
Sketch. Residential. Palm Beach. [BRHS]
Sketch. Mantle living room, H. S. Vanderbilt, El Solano, and William Wood, The Towers. [SOFA]
Drawing. “For all caps at Wood job.” (William Wood “Woolen King,” built the Towers at 548 North County Road. Demolished, replaced with Montsorrel. [SOFA]
Sketch. Right, Mantle dining room, “Change egg & dart to dentils.” William Wood, The Towers. [SOFA]
Sketch. Casa Florencia. Satterwhite, dining room. Fireplace measurements and tapestry placement. “Make living room openings drawing.” [BRHS]
Photograph. Casa Florencia. Satterwhite, dining room detail. Fireplace and tapestry. [HSPBC]
Sketch. Casa Florencia, Preston & Florence Satterwhite. Detailed drawing. [BRHS]

Sketch. Casa Florencia. “Satterwhite. Black marble for hearth.”

Sketch. Wall and gate construction change order diagram. April 27, 1921. “Accepted Theodore Eissfeldt” (A West Palm Beach contractor). “OK O.F.W.” Orator Frank Woodward was the owner of Casa dei Fiori, Seminole Avenue, Palm Beach. [BRHS]
Sketch. Entrance gate with barrel-tile cover and wall. Palm Beach. [BRHS]
Sketch. Left: “Mr. (E. Sherman) Childs: For Mr. Vanderbilt. Detail for door trim only.” [BRHS]
Sketch. Possible proposal, unbuilt. W. K. Vanderbilt, Palm Beach. [BRHS]
Sketch. Iron Gate. Lagomar. 1560 South Ocean Boulevard. “Sketch for Mr. John Magee.” [BRHS]
Sketch. Tower profile. Lagomar. 1560 South Ocean Boulevard. [BRHS]

Sketches. Lagomar. Magee-Rea House. 1560 South Ocean Boulevard. [BRHS]

Sketch. Elevation drawing, covered passageway. Lagomar, February 12, 1924. 1560 South Ocean Boulevard. “This scheme OK by Mrs. Magee.” [BRHS]
Sketch. “Lagomar, c. 1924. Bedroom ceiling. Edith Rea. 1560 South Ocean Boulevard.” [BRHS]
Sketch. Elevation with underpass walkway. [BRHS]
Sketch. Fragment. Dining room, south elevation with measurements­. October 27, 1923. [BRHS]
Sketch. Tapestry, 16-foot length above fireplace. [BRHS]
Sketch. “Woodward.” [BRHS]
Sketch. Elevation and small façade drawings. “Loggia 20-foot long. walls 1.5 foot thick. Will have to be 5 X 25.” [BRHS]
Sketch. Venetian Staircase, Casa Dei Leoni. 1922. Worth Avenue. “Shearson (Villa Flora) Windows. East & West end of court. Brick in pattern.” Built for L. (Leonard) Thomas who named the house Mariada, Spanish meaning “seasick.” Renamed Casa dei Leoni by owner Robert Glendinning. [BRHS]
Sketch. Elaborated corner bay window with braces. [BRHS]
Sketch. Believed to be associated with the 1928 cloister addition for Playa Riente. [SOFA]
Sketch and narrative. Chair details with exact measurements. [BRHS]
Sketch. “Claflin (800 South County Road) & Delamar (1420 South Ocean Boulevard).” [BRHS]

Playa Riente, 1923
Boca Raton Historical Society – Historical Society of Palm Beach County

Preliminary sketch. Playa Riente, Great Hall. Note: The house was first known as the Cosden villa or Guardiola until Anna Dodge Dillman renamed it Playa Riente. [BRHS]
Photograph. Playa Riente. Great Hall, as built. [HSPBC]
Architectural drawing. Playa Riente, west elevation entrance. 1923. [HSPBC]

Playa Riente, 1928
Boca Raton Historical Society – Historical Society of Palm Beach County

Sketch. Playa Riente. Cloister detail. 1928. “Dillman.” Following Anna Thomson Dodge’s purchase of the Cosden villa in 1926, she married her real estate agent Hugh McGrew Dillman. Mr. Dillman had arrived on Palm Beach several years earlier as a former New York actor who served as Joseph Riter’s social secretary at Al Poniente, Riter’s lakeside estate. [BRHS]
Architectural elevation drawing, June 1, 1928. Playa Riente. Cloister addition, section looking west. [HSPBC]
Architectural elevation drawing, June 1, 1928. Playa Riente. Cloister addition, section looking west, detail. [HSPBC]


Addison Mizner Collection
The Society of the Four Arts {SOFA]

On May 12, 1940, seven years after Addison Mizner’s death, columnist Emilie Keyes wrote an item in the Palm Beach Post describing what was then believed to be the origination and the organization of Addison Mizner’s scrapbooks, donated by Amy Phipps Guest to The Society of the Four Arts. After a careful review of the available materials and considering the Mizner Library Foundation holds Mizner scrapbook materials, there are aspects of Keyes’ explanation of the process that cannot be documented or are contrary to fact. For example, Mizner’s mother died in April 1915 while living at Addison Mizner’s house in Port Washington, New York. And since Mizner did not move to Palm Beach until 1918, Keyes’ version is illogical.

The highlighted section (pictured below) states Mizner personally supervised the scrapbook project during a time when it was widely reported he spent summers at his Carmel Valley house.

Additionally, there are irregularities that question whether Mizner participated in any of the scrapbooks as they exist today. I find it difficult to believe Mizner would have wiped out his design diary (c. 1906-1917) from his New York years by pasting magazine cutouts over his handwritten entries. In the volume labeled “United States” if you scroll to page 214 and turn the page upside down, you will see Mizner’s handwritten heading: “Elmhurst, John S. Hyde Residence, Bath, Maine.” At the time, it was regarded as the largest mansion in Maine, built 1913-1914 and designed by architect John Calvin Stevens. Mizner is credited as the project’s interior designer, as detailed on several pages in this volume. For the most part these pages have been obscured by magazine cutouts. If you continue to look at the book upside-down and from the back-to-front, there are notations for other Mizner interior design projects, making for a detailed record of Mizner’s New York years as an interior designer for prominent clients, albeit now concealed or completely lost.

In May 1940, Keyes reported the scrapbook collection consisted of 21 volumes. The following year, in February 1941, The Post reported 15 volumes were said to make-up the collection. The difference could be explained by the manner of assessment, considering the Central America set is composed of two-volumes of Edward P. Fox photographs The Spain volumes consist of three separate scrapbooks. The Gothic heading description is also ascribed to three separate volumes.

The scrapbooks are primarily made up of printed and graphic publications and images published from the late 19th-century until the early 1930s. Once organized by volume numbers, the scrapbooks have been recategorized into headings according to their subject matter and content:

I. Travel: Settings & Sites
Central America – Egypt and the Far East – England – Italy, Rome & Venice – Spain – Spain & the Colonies – Spain & the Provinces – United States

II. Style: Architectural Designs & Motifs
Aztec Primitive – Byzantine & Romanesque – Cloisters – Gothic – English Gothic – French Gothic – Grecian-Roman & Italian – Moorish & Near East-Romanesque – Modern

III. Structure: Components & Muses
Ceilings, Murals, Paneling & Doors – Costumes – Fireplaces & Chimneys – Furniture – Ironworks & Fixtures -Portraits – Textiles

The source materials for the Addison Mizner scrapbooks include articles and images cut from US and UK magazines and journals, including the Architectural Record, Architecture, Country Life, House Beautiful, House & Gardens, Art & Decoration, and the American Architect. [SOFA]

Many of the Addison Mizner scrapbooks can be perused at this link:

Selections SOFA Mizner Scrapbook Collection at Internet Archive

Reynolds Clark Collection
Boca Raton Historical Society [BRHS]

“An eight-year fairy tale … truly a dream job,” recalled architectural designer Robert Reynolds Clark, describing his eight years of working for Addison Mizner Inc. Clark first worked as a junior draftsman for Mizner’s atelier on Palm Beach at the age of 17, continuing until the architect’s death in 1933. Among Clark’s tasks was to prepare the detailed drawings for cast stone and woodwork at the Cloister Inn in Boca Raton.

After Addison Mizner died, Clark helped Madena Galloway, Mizner’s secretary, sort through the architect’s drafting room located at his Worth Avenue offices. There Clark secured sketches and detailed drawings he knew to be Mizner’s, according to the Boca Raton Historical Society. In 1984 BRHS acquired Clark’s collection of Mizner sketches and drawings as well as photographs.

Mizner Library Foundation [MLF]
Coral Gables

Established by Coral Gables lawyer Richard Daniels, the Mizner Library Foundation includes what is considered “the other half” of the collection that The Society of Four Arts houses, including scrapbooks, correspondence between Mizner and Paris Singer, photographs, Mizner’s Alaska diary, and the Mizner family’s personal library, comprised of several hundred books owned by the Mizner family.

Many of the Mizner Library Foundation’s images were the architect’s direct inspirations during the building of the Everglades Club, Via Mizner, and Memorial Fountain at Palm Beach. [MLF]

Addison Mizner Collection
Historical Society of Palm Beach County [HSPBC]

The Historical Society houses more than 165 commissions by Addison Mizner, making for several thousand architectural drawings consisting of elevations as well as mechanical, plumbing, and structural engineering section plans. Stored in tubes and Hollinger boxes, these records are enhanced by extensive photographic files on Mizner’s Palm Beach houses and buildings. In addition, the HSPBC maintains the records and photographs for Mizner Industries. These files contain Mizner’s sketches for furniture, building materials, architectural details, and manufactured accessories.


Betse Gori. King Library, The Society of the Four Arts.

Susan Gillis. Curator, Boca Raton Historical Society.

Rose Guerrero. Research Director, Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

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