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Mar-a-Lago, 1100 South Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, FL



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Item Title


Location
1100 South Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, FL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS FL-195
Building/structure dates: 1923 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1961 subsequent work
National Register Number: 80000961
Significance: Mar-a-Lago is one of the most lavish of the mansions built in Florida in the early 20th century when the State was a wintering place for the country's wealthiest and most prominent families. Architecturally, it followed the contemporary vogue for the Spanish Revival, a style particularly suited to the climate and history of the area. Henry M. Flagler, the man almost solely responsible for developing the resort economy of the State, introduced the Spanish Revival to Florida. In 1884, he sent the fledgling architects, John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, to Spain for two years to gather impressions and ideas before beginning the design of the Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustine. Flagler's commission launched an important architectural firm and established a style that was to dominate Florida resort architecture. Palm Beach was the most exclusive of the Florida resort communities in the early 20th century. Addison Mizner made the Spanish Revival style de rigueur for palatial building there. For their wealthy clients, he and Marion Sims Wyeth designed numerous Mediterranean villas with patios to take advantage of the winter sun and spacious rooms for lavish entertaining. Mar-a-Lago is one of the grandest of these mansions and is the only one still resided in by the original owner. All of its elaborate decoration and fine furnishings remain intact. It is still surrounded by its landscaped grounds including a golf course on the shores of Lake Worth and a bathing beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Together the house and grounds provide an excellent picture of winter resort life in Palm Beach prior to the Depression.

Subjects
Estates
Mansions
Domestic Life


Related Names
Post, Marjorie Merriweather
Wyeth, Marion Sims
Urban, Joseph
Barwig, Franz
Lewis & Valentine
Lightbrown, Cooper C.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 MAIN ENTRANCE GATES CLOSED
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 MAIN ENTRANCE GATE LOOKING UP PALM-LINED DRIVE
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 GENERAL VIEW OF HOUSE FROM WEST
4. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 SOUTH ELEVATION SHOWING OWNER'S SUITE AND BABY HOUSE
5. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 GENERAL VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST
6. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 GENERAL VIEW OF EAST ELEVATION
7. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 EAST (FRONT) ELEVATION FROM SOUTHEAST
8. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 EAST FACADE WINDOW FROM NORTHEAST
9. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF LARGE EAST FACADE WINDOW WITH SEVEN-WINDOW BALCONY ABOVE
10. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF SEVEN-WINDOW BALCONY, EAST FACADE
11. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF RAM'S HEAD CORNICE BRACKETS AT NORTHEAST CORNER OF EAST FACADE
12. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR
13. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 ENTRANCE HALL LOOKING TOWARD MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR
14. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 WROUGHT IRON GRILLE OF MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR
15. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 GENERAL VIEW OF ENTRANCE HALL TOWARD LIVING ROOM
16. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 HOODED FIREPLACE, EAST WALL OF ENTRANCE HALL
17. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF SOUTH END OF ENTRANCE HALL SHOWING TILE OVERDOOR, CEILING DECORATION, AND COATS OF ARMS
18. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 VIEW FROM ENTRANCE HALL INTO LIVING ROOM THROUGH MAIN DOORS
19. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF CHERUB PANELS AND DOOR HANDLE OF MAIN DOOR FROM HALL TO LIVING ROOM
20. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 GENERAL VIEW OF LIVING ROOM LOOKING NORTHWEST
21. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 GENERAL VIEW OF LIVING ROOM LOOKING SOUTHWEST
22. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 HOODED FIREPLACE ON SOUTH WALL OF LIVING ROOM
23. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 VIEW OF NORTHWEST CORNER OF LIVING ROOM SHOWING DOOR TO CLOISTER AND ENTRANCE TO DINING ROOM VESTIBULE
24. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF ARMORIAL MOTIF OVER DOOR FROM LIVING ROOM TO CLOISTER
25. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 WROUGHT-IRON DOOR FROM LIVING ROOM TO CLOISTER
26. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF ORNAMENTAL PLASTER AT DOOR FROM LIVING ROOM TO CLOISTER
27. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 ENTRANCE TO LOGGIA ALONG EAST SIDE OF LIVING ROOM SHOWING CARVED LIONS, SPIRAL COLUMNS, AND MURALS
28. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 VIEW IN DINING ROOM FROM NORTH
29. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF WEST WALL OF DINING ROOM
30. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 NORTHEAST CORNER OF LIBRARY
31. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF FIREPLACE WALL IN LIBRARY
32. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 HALLWAY JOINING ADAM, VENETIAN, AND SPANISH ROOMS
33. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 HOODED FIREPLACE IN SPANISH ROOM
34. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF SPANISH ROOM FIREPLACE SHOWING MINIATURE ARCADE WITH FIGURINES
35. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 ADAM ROOM, SECOND FLOOR GUEST BEDROOM
36. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL IN ADAM ROOM SHOWING SCULPTURAL NICHE AND MATCHING CEILING AND RUG PATTERN
37. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 VENETIAN ROOM SHOWING VENETIAN GLASS MIRRORS AND CHANDELIER
38. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DUTCH ROOM FROM SOUTH, SHOWING DELFT TILE DECORATION ON FIREPLACE AND SCONCES
39. Historic American Buildings Survey GENERAL VIEW OF WEST FRONT PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 803
40. Historic American Buildings Survey PARROTT FINIAL PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 803
41. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 OVERALL VIEW OF SWAN FOUNTAIN BELOW PATIO ON WEST ELEVATION
42. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL PARROT FINIALS FLANKING FOUNTAIN
43. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF DORIA STONE SWANS, FOUNTAIN BELOW PATIO
44. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF SWAN FOUNTAIN SPOUT
45. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 GENERAL VIEW OF PORTE-COCHERE FROM EAST
46. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 PORTE-COCHERE FROM NORTHWEST
47. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF MALE FIGURINES ON CAPITALS OF PORTE-COCHERE
48. Historic American Buildings Survey PATIO SHOWING ENTRANCE TO LIVING ROOM PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 805
49. Historic American Buildings Survey CARVING IN MONKEY LOGGIA PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOOT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 809
50. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 PATIO LOOKING SOUTH SHOWING PATTERN OF COLORED PEBBLES
51. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 BAS RELIEF, NORTH PAVILION OF CLOISTER
52. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 FIRST LEVEL CLOISTER, ENTRANCE TO LIBRARY
53. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF FIRST LEVEL CLOISTER, ENTRANCE TO LIBRARY AND BABY HOUSE FROM NORTH
54. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 ENTRANCE TO GOTHIC STAIR FROM FIRST LEVEL CLOISTER
55. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 SECOND-LEVEL CLOISTER LOOKING NORTHEAST
56. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 SECOND LEVEL CLOISTER LOOKING SOUTH
57. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF SECOND LEVEL CLOISTER SHOWING BALUSTER GRILLES AND DECORATIVE TILES, LOOKING NORTH
58. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF EAGLE BRACKETS, SECOND LEVEL CLOISTER, NORTH WING
59. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF SECOND LEVEL CLOISTER SHOWING WINDOW TO GOTHIC STAIR
60. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 LOOKING DOWN GOTHIC STAIRWAY FROM SECOND FLOOR
61. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF GOTHIC STAIR SHOWING TRACERY AND SPOON SCONCES
62. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 STAIR LAMPS AND TILE IN GOTHIC STAIR
63. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 COVERED WAY AND TERRACE ATOP PORTE-COCHERE
64. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 VIEW UNDER COVERED WAY BETWEEN GUEST HOUSE AND VENETIAN ROOM ATOP PORTE-COCHERE
65. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 BALCONY OFF SPANISH ROOM BATH FROM COVERED WAY ABOVE PORTE-COCHERE
66. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF IRON BALCONY OFF SPANISH ROOM BATH SHOWING EAGLE BRACKETS
67. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF BALCONY OFF SPANISH ROOM BATH
68. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF TOWER FROM SOUTHEAST
69. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 TELEPHOTO DETAIL OF TOWER
70. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 IRON SPIRAL STAIR IN TOWER WITH CHAIN-LINK RAIL AND VERTICAL TIES
71. Historic American Buildings Survey COURT BETWEEN OWNER'S SUITE AND BABY HOUSE PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 807
72. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 VIEW FROM TOP OF TOWER TOWARD OWNER'S WING
73. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 VIEW SHOWING SOUTH SIDE OF DANCE PAVILION AND APSIDAL END OF OWNER'S DRESSING ROOM
74. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 OWNER'S WING FROM WEST SHOWING ELIPTICAL END OF DRESSING ROOM
75. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 ENTRANCE TO OWNER'S SUITE FROM CLOISTER
76. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 OWNER'S BEDROOM FROM SOUTHWEST
77. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF FIREPLACE IN OWNER'S BEDROOM
78. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 OWNER'S DRESSING ROOM SHOWING LAVATORY RECESS
79. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 IRON STAIR ENCLOSURE TO PINE HALL ON NORTHWEST SIDE OF OWNER'S WING
80. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF IRON STAIR ENCLOSURE TO PINE HALL ON NORTHWEST SIDE OF OWNER'S WING
81. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 PINE HALL (ANTECHAMBER TO OWNER'S SUITE) LOOKING WEST
82. Historic American Buildings Survey VIEW SHOWING BABY HOUSE AND PATIO WHERE TENT ROOM NOW LOCATED PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 797
83. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 GENERAL VIEW OF BABY HOUSE FROM SOUTHEAST
84. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 EXTERIOR DETAIL OF WINDOWS IN BABY HOUSE BEDROOM
85. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 CLOSE-UP DETAIL OF IRON ENCLOSURES OVER BABY HOUSE WINDOWS
86. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF WINDOWS ON EAST ELEVATION OF BABY HOUSE SHOWING HAMMERED COPPER NURSERY RHYME INSERTS OF RED RIDING HOOD, TOM THE PIPER'S SON, AND JACK AND JILL
87. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 CHILD'S BED OF SILVERED WOOD CARVED IN ANIMAL MOTIFS. NOTE DOORS WITH SQUIRREL LATCHES AND DECORATIVE SIMULATED HINGES
88. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 BEEHIVE FIREPLACE, APSIDAL END OF BABY'S BEDROOM
89. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF FIREPLACE IN BABY'S BEDROOM
90. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DECORATIVE GRILLE WORK OVER GUEST HOUSE WINDOW
91. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF TILE-DECORATED DOORWAY TO WOMEN'S CLOAK ROOM
92. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF DANCING FIGURES AND MUSICIANS ABOVE WINDOW IN WOMEN'S CLOAK ROOM, EAST FACADE
93. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 MONKEY PENDANT AT WINDOW TO WOMEN'S CLOAK ROOM, EAST ELEVATION
94. Historic American Buildings Survey KITCHEN WING FROM EAST PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 801
95. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 VIEW FROM PORTE-COCHERE TOWARD KITCHEN WING
96. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 VIEW OF WINDOWS OF EAST SIDE OF KITCHEN WING, SHOWING FIGURES OF FISH, WINE, POULTRY, AND VEGETABLE VENDORS
97. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 DETAIL OF KITCHEN WING WINDOW SHOWING SCULPTURE OF VEGETABLE VENDOR
98. Historic American Buildings Survey STAIR ON EAST SIDE OF SERVANTS' QUARTERS PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 809
99. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 VIEW OF SERVICE WING ON NORTH SIDE OF PATIO
100. Historic American Buildings Survey COVERED WAY TO SECRETARY'S COTTAGE PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 811
101. Historic American Buildings Survey BALUSTER SCREEN WITH PARROT FINIALS, COVERED WAY TO SECRETARY'S COTTAGE PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 811
102. Historic American Buildings Survey DETAIL INSIDE COVERED WAY TO SECRETARY'S COTTAGE PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 811
103. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 SECRETARY'S COTTAGE FROM SOUTHWEST
104. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer April 1967 INTERIOR OF DANCE PAVILION LOOKING WEST
105. Historic American Buildings Survey ORIGINAL DRAWING OF PLOT PLAN AND SECTION LOOKING NORTH PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 796
106. Historic American Buildings Survey ORIGINAL DRAWING OF GROUND FLOOR PLAN PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 798
107. Historic American Buildings Survey ORIGINAL DRAWING OF SECOND FLOOR PLAN PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 798
108. Historic American Buildings Survey ORIGINAL DRAWING OF WEST ELEVATION PHOTOCOPY OF PLATE FROM IRVIN L. SCOTT, 'MARALAGO', THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT (JUNE 20, 1928), P. 804


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