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Addison Mizner’s triumph and legacy in Palm Beach could not have been predicted as he passed his forty-sixth birthday en route, with Paris Singer, to Palm Beach to recover from a Long Island mugging that reinjured a childhood leg wound.
Mizner’s family background and connections, global travel, connoisseurship, humor and irrepressible personality attracted women and men, high and low, and enabled Mizner to engage the world on his terms is a long series of avocations before becoming an architect at thirty-two.
The authors of Addison Mizner: The Architect Whose Genius Definied Palm Beach will discuss the arc of Mizner’s life, his architectural success in Palm Beach and failure in Boca Raton, and his avoidance of personal and professional promotion, all of which were done by others. In fact, the many fallacies surrounding Mizner’s reputation result, to a large degree, from his own humorous stories and self-deprecating wit.
With a background in languages, literature, and social history, James Caughman is an independent historian with an interest in English and French furniture of the 18th century. He has lectured globally on furniture and design to interior design professionals and architects and has spoken at various museums throughout America. Having lived in both London and Paris, he now resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife.
Stephen Perkins is a practicing architect in Washington, D.C. and, for almost 40 years, has specialized in the global design of luxury hotels, resorts, and residences. His particular interest in architectural history and preservation has led to the restoration of many historically important hotels in North America, for which his architecture and design firms have enjoyed wide recognition. Perkins lives with his wife in Washington, D.C.