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Starting in the 1950s, resort life in Palm Beach began to change. A post-war building boom was taking place and the old, grand houses of the 1920s were out-of-fashion and did not complement the new technologies of the mid-century age. Slowly, but surely, it seemed that all of the lake-to-ocean estates were at risk of being demolished and subdivided. El Mirasol, the Stotesbury estate designed by Addison Mizner, was one of the first to be torn down in 1958.
After witnessing the ever-changing built environment, Barbara D. Hoffstot took it upon herself to document the remaining historic resources in Palm Beach. Her windshield survey led to the publication of Landmark Architecture in Palm Beach in 1974. “From the Beginning: Celebrating 40 Years of the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance” explores the struggles and successes of the concerned citizens who fought to save Palm Beach's historic resources from demolition.