Free to Public
In recognition of the Preservation Foundation’s 40th anniversary, the annual Historic Properties Workshop will explore the restoration of landmarked structures as a catalyst for revitalization. Historic properties are the core of a well-established business district. They create an authentic sense of place that encourages people to visit and invest in the area. Exemplifying the benefit of Landmarks to the community, the interactive walking workshop will feature a completed project and an in-progress project key to the renaissance of Royal Poinciana Way.
The rehabilitation of Royal Poinciana Plaza has re-activated the southwest corner of the street providing renewed life and interest in the landmarked shopping center by John Volk. Volk designed the shopping center in 1957 under the caveat that it can be any style, but must remain relevant for at least 50 years. With its lush courtyards and shady colonnades, the plaza epitomizes the Palm Beach lifestyle and is once again a coveted destination.
Scheduled for completion in 2020, the White Elephant Palm Beach, formerly the Bradley Park hotel, will provide a tour of the on-going restoration. The hotel was constructed by Colonel E. R. Bradley for his friends and guests of the Beach Club gambling casino located across the street at what is today Bradley Park. A unique feature for the 1920s, the large hotel rooms designed for elite clientele are well-suited as modern accommodations.
The interactive walking workshop will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of each of these properties, and will give the community the opportunity to learn first-hand the process of restoring a Landmark. Participants will meet at Bradley Park at 9:30am. The workshop is limited by reservation to sixty participants. Please wear sensible shoes.