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Palm Beach Social Diary: Another Look at Lost Palm Beach

Social History
“We were so young and gay then and we thought we had all the money in the world. It will be sad if the great houses vanish and the Mizner period becomes only a memory and part of Palm Beach’s past rather than its present.” -Billie Burke Despite the heart-felt sentiment, many of the Mizner […]... READ MORE
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This Was Then

Social History
One of the most popular society of fashion photographers in New York of the past quarter century has been Mary Hilliard. Mary started her career after her marriage and her children got to a certain age. Coming from the same part of town in life as many of her subjects, she may have been the […]... READ MORE
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Kathryn Scott

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Designer Kathryn Scott’s stunning brownstone in Brooklyn Heights rather silenced us with its perfection, combining Asian influences with antiques from Kathryn’s family and art by both her and her artist husband, Wenda Gu. They are both organized and thorough to a point that fascinated us. Kathryn physically learned how to do various skills such... READ MORE
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Envisioning Palm Beach: The Addison Mizner Collection at The Society of the Four Arts

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Architect Addison Mizner’s extensive library, volumes that span three centuries, and his design diaries — scrapbooks filled with sketches, watercolors, photographs and ephemera — are noteworthy aspects of the decorative arts collections at The Society of the Four Arts, reflecting Mizner’s influential status as a professional architect and... READ MORE
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Miles Redd

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So we’re going to be talking more about you in this interview, rather than about design. We’re not going to ask you so much about whether or not you like furniture on the diagonal. You know, there are no absolutes … although there are certain things that I hate like glass tops on skirted tables […]... READ MORE
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Thomas Jayne

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This was really worth the five-floor walk-up! Why all the skulls and books about cemeteries – what do they tell you? I’ve always been interested in ritual and monuments and that’s how I got interested in these things. It’s one area that makes people different from animals because [people] bury their dead and there’s ceremony […]... READ MORE
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Garden Grandeur endures at Casa Phippsberger

Social History
In Palm Beach, where escapist landscapes borrowed from English rose gardens, French parterres, Spanish cloisters and Tuscan courtyards amplify the surreal allure of streets lined with imported architectural facades, Casa Phippsberger’s tropical splendor is a welcome relief, a six-acre sanctuary inspired by the barrier island’s own natural histo... READ MORE
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The 20th Century Limited

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RED CARPET TREATMENT STARTED WITH THE 20TH CENTURY LIMITED –TRAIN OF TYCOONS AND STARS THAT RAN NIGHTLY BETWEEN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO  Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. The “Century” was an express passenger train operated by the New York C... READ MORE
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The SS Ile de France

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The SS Ile de France was built in for the French shipping company, Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (known commercially as The French Line) at a cost of $10,000,000. Her construction began in1925 at the Penhoet shipyards in Saint-Nazaire, France. She was the first major liner built after World War I. She was launched on March 14,1926. […]... READ MORE
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Best Friends: Jewish Society in Old Palm Beach

Social History
“Radiogram for Mr. Baruch.” “Mr. Seligman, your guests have arrived.” “Telephone call for Mr. Goldwyn.” “Mr. Kaufman, your table is ready.” “Mr. Gershwin is at the center table in the Orange Gardens.” These may be the last names you would expect to hear from behind the walls of the Everglades Club or the Bath & […]... READ MORE
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The tragic life of the Corsair IV

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J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ship whose short career would end in tragedy but it happened. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, owned four yachts christened Corsair, and built three of them. Each yacht was bigger, […]... READ MORE

The Woman Who Loved Money

Social History
The death of Brooke Astor and the controversy around her fortune reminded us of another great fortune, made a century ago in Wall Street, by a woman whose will was so iron-clad that no one but her two children ever got a cent of it, Hetty Green. The press called her “The Witch of Wall Street.”The […]... READ MORE