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The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this exceptional tour of Palm Beach.
This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note, that you must contact Classical Excursions’ Director, Lani Summerville to formally register for this program. Upon completing a registration form, submitting a deposit to Classical Excursions, and receiving a confirmation from Classical Excursions you will be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $500 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. Again, to inquire about registration for this program, please contact Lani Summerville at [email protected] or 413-446-8728.
A fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. Please note that this donation is non-refundable except in the case that this travel program is cancelled by the organization. All travel program participants have the opportunity to receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA.
Participants will enjoy a private dinner at the Palm Beach Atelier, located in the 1926 Moorish influences Paramount Building designed by Joseph Urban, featuring work from the esteemed firms, Rinck, Marmi Stone, Hyde Park Mouldings, and designer Sarah Magness.
This tour includes a tour visit to and cocktail reception with the owners of the historic home, Duck's Nest. Duck's nest is the second oldest home in Palm Beach, as it was originally built in 1891 and is a reminder of Palm Beach's pioneer days. The home, which recently won a renovation design award, is a shingle style cottage, featuring gabled roofs and large front porch that was typical of the island's first homes.
The house saw multiple expansions over the years – including additions by society architects Marion Sims Wyeth (1889-1982) and John L. Volk (1901-1984) – the original structure comprised only about an eighth of what it is today.
Participants will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit and tour some of Palm Beach most exclusive private homes with design work by architects Fairfax & Sammons, Kirchhoff & Associates Architects, British Interior Designer Brian Worthington, and Palm Beach based designer Betsy Shiverick and more.
The tour will feature a private visit to a 1920's Palm Beach home designed by architect, Maurice Fatio (1897-1943).
Participants will enjoy a private tour of a landmarked Colonial Revival style 2-story home on the Intracoastal with panoramic water views. Jessica Lagrange and team handled the restoration of this home, originally designed in 1936 by noted society architect Gustav Maass. The grounds boast beautiful tropical gardens surround the property, 90 foot water frontage, deep water dock, salt water pool, loggia for entertaining, and a Pagoda inspired “folly” pool house.
The program will include a private visit and presentation at the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation.
Participants will enjoy a private tour of Whitehall, the Gilded Age Mansion of Henry Morrison Flagler (1830-1913). Flager was a wealthy industrialist and railroad magnate, and is largely to thank for founding Palm Beach as a resort town by making the Atlantic Coast 16-mile long barrier island accessible by his Florida East Coast Railway.
Attracted by the area’s warm balmy weather and tropical environment, Flagler, whose own estate Whitehall, designed by Carrere and Hastings in 1902, helped establish Palm Beach as a premiere locale for a winter social season.
The program will include a lunch at the Breakers Hotel, featuring breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The first Breakers Resort, opened by Henry Flagler during the 1895-96 winter season, but burned to the ground in 1903. That iteration of the hotel was replaced, opening in 1904, however thatbuilding later burned again to the ground in 1925.
The current structure, opened in December 1926, is the third version of The Breakers. This was designed by Schultze & Weaver in the Renaissance Revival style and used fireproof concrete. The iconic lobby of The Breakers Palm Beach is more enchanting than ever, after the recent makeover led by celebrated designer Adam D. Tihany (working in tandem with Peacock + Lewis Architects).
Participants will enjoy a three night stay at the iconic Brazilian Court Hotel, originally designed by renowned New York architect Rosario Candela and completed in 1926. Born in Sicily, Candela arrived in the United States in the 1910’s speaking only a few words of English. But by 1925 he was one of the top apartment house designers in New York, with a score of luxury buildings on Park and Fifth Avenues to his credit.
Candela used a Mediterranean design for The Brazilian Court, with tinted, rough stucco, classical details and tiled roofs. Candela developed a simple courtyard model which emphasized the inner face of the building, rather than the street façade. The complex was completely rejuvenated just over a decade ago, and now includes a restaurant, Café Boulud. The hotel is a member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America program and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
The program includes a lecture given by American Author and lecturer Richard René Silvin, an expert on Palm Beach society architect Addison Mizner, at the Renato's restaurant located on the historic Via Mizner along Worth Avenue, which remains in scale and beauty very much as it was designed in the 1920’s by Addison Mizner.
The Breakers (image: wikimedia / Nick Juhasz)
Whitehall (image: wikimedia/ Ebyabe)
If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program.
Your $500 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.
Yes, a donation of $500 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.
You can make your $500 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.
No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.
For full itinerary and more information, contact [email protected], 860-926-4895. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.
Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations.
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