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Two 1920s homes up for landmark status in Palm Beach

Posted On: 11-14-2017

A Southern Colonial Revival-style home at 142 Seaspray Ave. and a Mission Revival house at 315 Seaspray Ave. — both dating to the South Florida building boom of the 1920s — are each up for historic landmark designation.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted Monday to recommend that the Town Council confer landmark status on both dwellings.

The house at 142 Seaspray was designed and built by City Builders Realty Co. in 1920, and was redesigned in 1954 by architect Kemp Caler into its current appearance. Its focal point is the two-floor, full-façade front porch with decorative wood railing.

The house exemplifies town history and is a good example of Southern Colonial-style architecture, landmarks consultant Emily Stillings said. “It embodies the feel of a Southern plantation home.”

It’s not among Palm Beach’s most architecturally “powerful” houses, Commissioner Page Lee Hufty said. But “it couldn’t be cuter,” she said.

New owners bought the house last year under the name Mockingbird Home LLC for $4.5 million. They want it landmarked and have the landmarks board’s permission to renovate it.

The house at 315 Seaspray Ave., currently owned by Nadine Netter Levy, is a classic example of Mission Revival, landmarks consultant Janet Murphy said. “Casa Hermosa” was built in 1924 by Alfred H. Lauenborg for original owner Henrietta M. Wyeth.

There aren’t that many Mission Revival houses in Palm Beach, Murphy said.

The asymmetrical two-story dwelling is constructed of wood and hollow clay tile, and covered with stucco. The focal point is the wide chimney tapering at an angle past the roofline.

“It is very uncommon in Palm Beach to have chimneys on the front façade, making this house particularly noteworthy,” Murphy said.

Also Monday, the board informally approved the use of brass dimensional letters for store identification signs on the front windows of two retailers at the Royal Poinciana Plaza. The stores asked to use the brass letters because they didn’t want the flat vinyl signs typically used by plaza stores.

Alexandra Patterson, representative of plaza manager Up Markets, said the vinyl signs are “glorified stickers” that have been used “ad nauseam” at the high-end shopping center.

Brass letter signs are used by some of the best retail brands in the world and perfectly complement the design of plaza architect John Volk, she said.

Planning Administrator John Lindgren said he usually approves store signs on an administrative level, but had not seen the brass letter signs in Palm Beach and wanted thumbs up from the landmarks panel.

Also Monday, the board approved changes to the previously approved landscape plan for the parking lot at Wells Fargo Bank at 255 S. County Road. The changes include oak trees that will grow to 12 feet, instead of 18 to 24 feet tall, and a silver buttonwood hedge to replace the Australian pine hedge. At the landmarks board’s request, Brazilian beauty leaf will be planted instead of silver buttonwood near the southern entrance.

 

 

 

Source: William Kelly, November 14, 2017, Palm Beach Daily News

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