Henry K. Harding Collection

1000 North Lake Way, photographed circa 1962
1000 North Lake Way, photographed circa 1962

Henry K. Harding (1904-1984)


Born in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1904, Henry Knowles Harding was educated at St. George’s School, Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated from Princeton University in 1928, studied at the School of Fine Arts at Fontainebleau, Paris, and obtained his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1931.  After graduation he worked for Charles Fairchild Fuller in New York and in 1935, he became a registered architect in New York and Florida.

Harding moved to Florida and apprenticed with the firms of Wyeth, King, & Johnson and Howard Major.  In 1936, Harding opened his own office in Palm Beach, and later in nearby Ocean Ridge, where he practiced for forty years and designed over 400 residences and villas. Harding was known for his neo-classical designs and distinctive Bermudian-style roof lines. Among Harding’s major works are Deux Horizons, a lake-to-ocean estate in the south end of Palm Beach, and the original St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach.

Collection: The collection was donated in 1998 by Harding’s wife Lynn Harding and includes over 500 architectural drawings and 200 photographs. Click here for the Harding Finding Aid.

Henry Harding
Henry Harding

1840 S. Ocean Boulevard, Deux Horizons, structural sections 

House on Tangier Avenue
House on Tangier Avenue, photographed circa 1950