The Boca Raton Resort & Club: Mizner's Inn

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The Boca Raton Resort & Club, originally known as the Cloister Inn, was designed by famed Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner to house prospective investors in his planned Boca Raton development. His dream, however, dissolved with the end of the Florida land boom and the 1926 Miami hurricane, as his Cloister Inn was acquired by utilities magnate Clarence Geist. Geist hired hotel architects Schultze and Weaver to design a major addition to the hostelry. Reopened as the Boca Raton Club in 1930, it became a principal employer and the primary tourist attraction in Boca Raton in ensuing years, its revival linked in many ways with that of the small community. Join architectural historian Donald Curl as he chronicles the lovely landmark that opened in 1926 as a small inn on Lake Boca Raton and has since become the city's most exclusive destination.
ISBN: 9781596295278
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: Landmarks
Images: 21
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 7 (w) x 10 (h)
A retired architecture professor (at Florida Atlantic University), Dr. Donald Curl leads historical tours, is an active member of the Boca Raton Historical Society, a member of the city's Historic Preservation Board, advisor to the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, and sits on the Palm Beach landmarks commission. His pivotal work, 1984's Mizner's Florida: American Resort Architecture helped reestablish interest in Addison Mizner as the country's reigning architect of Mediterranean Revival style, popular in the 1920s and 1930s. He has published eight books and has regularly contributed essays and columns to Florida history and national architecture magazines.
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