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Palm Beach Social Diary: Kips Bay at Palm Beach

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Palm Beach and New York have shared an enduring social history ever since Henry Flagler transformed Palm Beach from a refuge to a resort playground bringing well-heeled pleasure seekers for a winter season of sunshine, cake walks and roulette. This season’s first Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House represents a continuation of that  zeitgeist. Wh... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Showtime! Palm Beach

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The Palm Beach season has spent 120 years in the international spotlight. Nonetheless, the arrival of Roman Abramovich’s 533-foot yacht Eclipse docked at the Port of Palm Beach, a tad lengthier than billionaire Ken Griffin’snew cottage, and the POTUS comings-and-goings down at the Old Post House have many Palm Beachers mapping logistics... READ MORE
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Romanesque Revival: Addison Mizner’s Riverside Baptist Church

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Addison Mizner’s influential style continues to shape Palm Beach and Boca Raton’s architectural ambiance. And yet, what some consider Mizner’s magnum opus, his only religious building, remains far-removed from this protective limelight. One of 16 churches and more than 2,000 contributing buildings comprising Jacksonville’s Riverside Histori... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Past Lives Recollections On Dunbar Road

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Palm Beach’s social calendar and impressive houses are as much an attraction as its lush landscapes suspended in spring’s perpetual bloom, an island getaway intended for pleasure and leisure, where for the ageless, time stands still. Yesterday’s Social Register swells appreciated Palm Beach cottages for their originality, provenance and craft... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Yachts, Myths and Legends, cruise benefit + New Year’s Eve – 1954

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In April 1917 at the lakefront Beaux Art picture palace, Palm Beachers were regaled by Robinson Crusoe, a newly released five-reeler filmed in Stuart. The audience may have empathized with the shipwrecked castaway’s fantastic adventures on a remote island populated with more shady palm trees than beachcombers, robber barons, and cultivated nativ... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Showstoppers at L’Orangerie, Garden Club of Palm Beach’s L’Orangerie Preview Party

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Midway in my ramble around the Garden Club of Palm Beach’s L’Orangerie Flower Show I noticed one of the judges wrote “Showstopper” on Wylene Commander’s unearthly Spathodea campanulata. By then I had already seen various designs, displays, arrangements, and cuttings worthy of being classed “Showstoppers,” which might be the preva... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Flashback Social Diary: Artful Exposures

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After the Palm Beach Towers opened its doors during the Mad Men era, it became a forerunner for the condominium movement that turned South Florida’s sublime seashore into the coveted high-rise Gold Coast. Sixty years ago David Nemerov left New York for Palm Beach to retire and reinvent himself as an artist. Settling at The Towers with his wif... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Uncommon Lives

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Uncommon Lives: David & Gertrude! Emily! Charles! Gertie! George & LaLa! Palm Beach’s seasonal social cha-cha-cha may be drawing to a close but apparently islanders will still need to adjust their calendar and logistics for the comings-and-goings of POTUS45, especially those living within the perimeter termed “the zone.” L... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary – Sotheby’s previews + Wellington’s Jumpers + Manalapan’s Memories

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On what might have been one of the season’s most beautiful winter nights Sotheby’s Palm Beach welcomed more than 100 clients and guests to a prelude of the auction house’s forthcoming March fine art sales at its London-New Bond Street location.  Ashley Schiff Ramos,  the company’s new director of its Royal Palm Way bureau, and Tad Smi... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Matters of Taste

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When I noticed the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair’s VIP Preview was supporting the Palm Beach Zoo and that the Art Miami-based fair was also presenting an exhibition with the nearby Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, I was reminded of decades ago when the Palm Beach season began to crowd with a jillion charitable […]... READ MORE
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America First: Howard Major at Palm Beach

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America First: Howard Major at Palm Beach Architect Howard Major was Palm Beach’s leading advocate for an American-based classical building style during the post-WW I boom when Spanish and Italian reproductions became commonplace. Foreshadowing today’s “America First” populist sentiment, Major believed a mix of Old World styles should never... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Books, Birds & Art Studios

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The annual convergence at Palm Beach is underway. With The Four Arts Library closing in April for its much anticipated makeover, I stopped by Friday night’s final King Fling, at least until 2018. I had  somehow overlooked the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens on West Palm Beach’s Flagler Drive.  This past week a friend asked me […]... READ MORE

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