The Preservation Foundation

Alexander C. Ives and Janice G. Owens Named Co-Directors of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach
Posted Date 10/19/2010

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.

“We are fortunate enough to have such qualified and talented people at our organization that I was happy to promote from within,” said Mashek.  “The organization has grown so much that two directors seemed an appropriate way to go into the future.”

“Preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of Palm Beach are vital to me because this place is my home,” said Ives. “I was born and raised here. This community and its history have shaped my values and character.  I look forward to continuing my service to the Preservation Foundation and this town in a greater capacity and I hope to do so to the best of my abilities.”

“I am excited and delighted to continue my work in the field of preservation. I look forward to my new responsibilities,” said Owens.

Alexander C. Ives joined the Preservation Foundation staff in 2007 as Media Director.  Since that time, he has gone on to serve as the Foundation’s Advocacy and Communications Director and most recently as the Foundation’s Director of Public Affairs.  He represented the Town of Palm Beach as one of five members to work with the Florida Department of Transportation on the Flagler Bridge Aesthetics Committee.  He currently serves on the Town of Palm Beach Centennial Legacy Project Committee.

Previous to the Preservation Foundation, he worked as a paralegal/investigator for one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the southeast United States, local lawyer Richard Lubin.  While employed with Lubin, he participated in the successful defense of local builder Dan Catalfumo from charges that Catalfumo had assaulted his fiancé.  Among other notable cases, he also worked on the bribery and corruption trial of former Dean of the Florida State Senate W.D. Childers.

Ives also spent several years employed as a freelance journalist where his work was seen in a variety of local and national publications, including in Quest Magazine, PASTE Magazine, The Palm Beach Daily News, The New Times, and Industry among others.  As well, his opinions have been published in The New York Times, The Times of London, The Hudson Review, and W Magazine.

Ives is a ‘lifer’ alumnus of the Palm Beach Day School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College.  In the late 1990s, he interned for Newt Gingrich’s GOPAC assisting in instant response media strategies for the impeachment of President Clinton.  Shortly thereafter, he was part of the George W. Bush 2000 presidential campaign and took part as an official observer for the Palm Beach County recount.

His family background is befitting for the architectural and historic cause of the Preservation Foundation. He is a second-generation Palm Beacher with family roots that go back over 80 years in town.  His parents are local residents Carol and Philip Ives.  His maternal grandfather, Bernard Cooley, a hotel consultant and real estate developer, was President and Director of The Colony Hotel from 1949 to 1959.  His paternal grandfather was the noted architect Philip Ives of Greenwich, Connecticut.  Ives presently serves as an usher at St. Edward’s Church.

Janice G. Owens has served as the Director of Education for the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach for seventeen years, promoting the Foundation’s mission to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage and the unique scenic quality of the Town of Palm Beach. Over the years, Owens has cultivated working relationships with Foundation members, donors and potential members.

Owens is responsible for the Foundation’s education programs, outreach, collaborations, exhibits, and community participation.  Through her guidance the K-12 education programs, Little Red Schoolhouse, Heritage Education and Pan’s Garden Education Programs, have increased significantly over the years and continue to grow.

Owens created the Foundation’s adult education series comprised of lectures and tours focusing on history and architecture.  Past highlights include Marion Sims Wyeth, Maurice Fatio, and Craftsmen Behind the Architects.  The Historic Properties Workshops, well received by the Town’s real estate professionals, have featured the topics: Marketing Historic Properties; Maintaining Historic Properties; Mid Century Modern Architecture with an accompanying World Monuments Fund exhibition Modernism at Risk.  Owens provided extensive research material for the books “Palm Beach, An Architectural Legacy,” “Postcards from the Past,” and “Mizner Mouse.” She produced the tabloid, History in Your Own Backyard collaboratively with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County for the School District of Palm Beach County.

In 2000, the annual walking tour for Foundation members was reorganized by Owens utilizing trolleys, brochures and guides. She also provides private architectural/history tours for members and guests, including national and international dignitaries.  Janice is a featured speaker at local, state and national conferences, including the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and Florida Association of Museums.

When the Foundation moved into its new headquarters in 2004 Owens upgraded and created a fresh, uniform look for the organization’s collateral. She has successfully applied for awards and grants for preservation achievements and implemented volunteer Appreciation Day to recognize volunteer contributions to the Foundation.

Owens has fostered collaborations and partnerships with other history organizations to move professional development for teachers into a higher realm.  She helped to establish The Palm Beach County History Institute which hosts five days of teacher workshops focusing on local history. Janice has broadened the Foundation’s education outreach programs by creating partnerships with Rosarian Academy, Palm Beach Public, Grove Park Elementary, Eagle Academy, Palm Beach Day Academy and the Glades Academy.

Owens is deeply involved with education, preservation and history throughout the county, state, and country. Locally she serves on the Education Committee for Historical Society of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council Education Leadership Steering Committee, School District of Palm Beach County Arts Educators, Committee, Arthur R. Marshall Foundation Advisory Board, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Local Partner.

Owens holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University. She is a native of Palm Beach County.


The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is a private, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic, architectural, and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, Florida.  They are the community advocate for maintaining the outstanding quality of life in Palm Beach, focusing not only on landmarking, but also planning, architectural review, and new construction.  Over 30 years, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach has given millions of dollars for the preservation and restoration of historic properties; worked advocating for over 250 landmark properties; recognized numerous architects, owners, and properties with awards; educated hundreds of thousands of children about the architectural, cultural and environmental legacy of Palm Beach; and saved thousands of archival documents in our library, among many other accomplishments. 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.