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The 2015 Ballinger Award for outstanding restoration and rehabilitation of historic architecture was presented at the Preservation Foundation’s annual membership luncheon held on Friday, December 11th, 2015. This year, the Foundation awarded Pelican House in Regents Park. Architect Clarence Mack designed the property in 1958.

Foundation Chair Pauline Pitt presented the Ballinger medal to Mr. Mandell and the Honorable Mary Ourisman for the renovation of their property. MORE...
It is with great sadness that we received the news of the passing of longtime Preservation Foundation member and head John Mashek. John Mashek joined the Foundation in 1982. That same year he was made a Trustee and an Executive Committee Member. He was made Treasurer of the Foundation in 1984. In 1988 he was made head of the Executive Committee and led the organization for the next 27 years. It will be hard to imagine our community without John a part of it, but thanks to him and his work our community will long preserve. MORE...
In the summer of 2015, the Preservation Foundation’s Baker interns Carolina Downey and Gemma Tierney did an analysis of zoning in the middle of the “Sea” Streets area. The goal of the project was to see how the properties which exist in the area conform to current zoning. Many of these older properties may not conform to current zoning. As such, if demolished their replacements would likely be of a different size and footprint.

The focus was the center of this area; that is the middle block of Seabreeze Avenue. While the surrounding blocks in the area contain landmarked properties, at the time of this study the middle block of Seabreeze Avenue has none. By seeing which properties conform to current zoning and which do not this projects hopes to create a better understand of how the character of the area and the zoning of the area interact. MORE...
In the summer of 2014, the Preservation Foundation’s Baker interns Daniella Cioffi and Hannah Smith did an analysis of demolitions and new construction in the north end of the town of Palm Beach; that is all the areas north of Royal Poinciana Way.

They looked at the time period from the onset of the Great Recession when the economy slowed in October of 2008 to July of 2014 when the economy was recovering.

Using documents from Town of Palm Beach Architectural Review Commission meetings, they examined projects for information such as the year built of demolished properties, the year built of newly constructed properties, the architectural styles, the lot coverage, and the setbacks.

Trends were discovered. MORE...
The 2013 Ballinger Award for outstanding restoration and rehabilitation of historic architecture was presented at the Preservation Foundation’s annual membership luncheon held on Friday, December 13th, 2013.  This year, the Foundation awarded a South Ocean Boulevard property that architect John Volk designed in 1929.

Foundation Chairman John Mashek presented the Ballinger medal to Diana and E. Llwyd Ecclestone for the restoration of their property MORE...
The 2012 Ballinger Award for outstanding restoration and rehabilitation of historic architecture was presented at the Preservation Foundation’s annual membership luncheon held on Friday, December 14th, 2012. This year, the Foundation awarded Lagomar West. Architect Addison Mizner designed the property in 1924.

Foundation Chairman John Mashek presented the Ballinger medal to Roberto and Joanne de Guardiola for the restoration of their property. MORE...
The 2011 Ballinger Award for outstanding restoration and rehabilitation of historic architecture was presented at the Preservation Foundation’s annual membership luncheon held on Friday, December 2nd, 2011. This year, the Foundation awarded the Bath and Tennis Club. Theatrical set designer and architect Joseph Urban designed the property in 1926.

Foundation Chairman John Mashek presented the Ballinger medal to the Bath and Tennis Club’s president Nancy Murray for the restoration of the property. MORE...
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach proudly announces the creation of the Lesly S. Smith Landscape Award for excellence in landscape design. The award recognizes a landscape design that is both in keeping with the character and traditions of Palm Beach, yet also original and forward-thinking. To be considered an individual landscape design must have been completed in Palm Beach within approximately the past 3 years. The design does not have to be part of a historic or landmarked property in town. The award is named in honor of former Palm Beach Mayor and Foundation Trustee Lesly S. Smith in recognition for all the work she has done for Palm Beach and preservation. Her late husband, Earl E. T. Smith was the Preservation Foundation’s first Chairman and the Foundation’s Earl E. T. Smith Park is named after him. MORE...
The 2010 Ballinger Award for outstanding restoration and rehabilitation of historic architecture was presented at the Preservation Foundation’s annual membership luncheon held on Monday, December 6th, 2010. This year, the Foundation awarded the house La Tonteria. A 1935 Georgian-Colonial Revival, the home’s original design was by John L. Volk for Edward J.S. Donovan.

Foundation Chairman John Mashek presented the Ballinger medal to James Harpel for his restoration of the residence.

James Harpel choose architect Jeffery Smith and his firm Smith Architectural Group to do the restoration and renovation. Besides Jeffery Smith and his project leader Laura DiGregorio as architects on the project, Mario Nievera did the landscape design, and the interior design was handled by Katherine Shenaman. The industries of John Volk’s own son, John Volk Jr. also contributed to work on the house.

The Foundation’s Co-Directors Janice Owens and Alexander Ives gave a presentation honoring the hom MORE...
Alexander C. Ives and Janice G. Owens have been named Co-Directors of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. Ives will oversee the Public Affairs, Administrative and Operations, Finance, and Library departments with Owens overseeing the Education, Member and Special Events, and Gardens departments of the Preservation Foundation. Both will report to John Mashek, Chairman of the Preservation Foundation. MORE...
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach supports the concept of a new Publix. However, the Foundation does maintain some concerns, in particular with regard to refinements of the greenspace throughout the property, the extensive Southside wall, and the overall architectural detailing. MORE...
A just-conducted survey poll of Palm Beach residents shows an overwhelming majority are against the building of condominiums at the landmarked Royal Poinciana Plaza. 63.8% oppose condominiums at Royal Poinciana Plaza with only 18.5% supporting. The survey poll was sponsored by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. MORE...
Gene Pandula has been a member of the Landmarks Preservation Commission for 12 years and its chairman for seven.

He's directed the restoration of homes honored with the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach's prestigious Ballinger Award in 1996 and 1998.

The Palm Beach architect also has spent months advocating the need to incorporate historically appropriate details into the upcoming renovation of Worth Avenue and the replacement of the Flagler Memorial Bridge.

For those efforts and more, the Preservation Foundation has named Pandula its volunteer of the year. MORE...
A special groundbreaking ceremony for the Preservation Foundation and Royal Poinciana Chapel’s restoration project of Sea Gull Cottage and the chapel was held on Sunday, November 18th. MORE...