The Preservation Foundation

Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach Proud to Announce Creation of Anthony K. Baker Internship
Posted Date 07/20/2008

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is proud to announce the creation of a unique architectural internship in honor of the late Anthony K. Baker.

The internship will provide guidance and support to an architectural student whose work will have a long-term beneficial impact on the town of Palm Beach and the scholarship of its architectural history.  Specifically, the intern will work on historic site surveys and detailed architectural studies of Palm Beach homes and styles.  The intern will also assist with applications for the National Park Service’s Historic American Buildings Project by the Preservation Foundation.

The Preservation Foundation will solicit and choose from applications by undergraduate and graduate architectural students to award a 6-8 week full-time internship.  The first internship will begin in the summer of 2009.  Specific criteria for application and full details of the internship are still to be finalized.

Donations for the fund are now being accepted and can be made to the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, 311 Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida 33480.  For more information please feel free to contact the Preservation Foundation at 561.8732.0731.

Anthony K. Baker supported the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach for over 20 years and had long been an advocate for the cause of preservation throughout the United States.  Outside of Palm Beach, he served as a trustee and Vice President of the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities and chairman of its publication committee.  He was a member of the architectural firm of Robert Landau and Associates and head of the architectural committee at Centreville Partners in Tallahassee.  He also co-authored the book Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860-1940.

On July 9, 2008 Baker died while test-flying a small amphibious plane that crashed into the Tennessee River outside of Athens, Alabama.  He was 65.

“Although the circumstances are tragic, we are excited by the prospect that Anthony Baker’s personal commitment to preservation, history, and architecture will continue through this program and provide opportunities to next generation of students sharing these interests,” said John Ripley, Executive Director of the Preservation Foundation.

This program builds from ideas first generated in the Preservation Foundation’s successful sponsorship of a unique Preservation Studio with the University of Miami School of Architecture during the 2007-2008 season.  Through extensive research of the town - both in archives and on site - the students created precise historic maps of Palm Beach which will eventually be housed in the Preservation Foundation’s archive with copies donated to the town. 

The Preservation Foundation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic, architectural, and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, Florida. Through advocacy initiatives, educational programs, architectural resources, and cultural events, the Foundation’s goal is to encourage the community to learn about and save the historic buildings that truly make Palm Beach special.