From Palm Beach to Shangri La: The Architecture of Marion Sims Wyeth (Hardcover)
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Homes, pool houses, and gardens in paradise by the great architect Marion Sims Wyeth—progenitor of the fabled Palm Beach style and designer of Doris Duke’s legendary Hawaiian retreat, Shangri La—are featured here in the first in-depth book to consider his most alluring creations.
Beauty and elegance mingle with extravagance in the Palm Beach style of architect Marion Sims Wyeth, a kind of home design that takes the standard fixtures of paradise—palm trees, ebullient fountains, glistening pools and gardens, views of the sea—and mixes them with a dash of the exotic—a Moorish-style balcony or doorway, Venetian archways, fanciful courtyards in the Spanish style, and spiraling staircases in stone and iron.
Featured here are the legendary abodes of Marjorie Merriweather Post and Doris Duke—Mar-a-Lago and Shangri La, respectively—as well as the less well known but equally spectacular Hogarcito and La Claridad, to name but a few. For those unfamiliar with these dream palaces, intimate homes of repose and reflection, for the enjoyment of life and the living of it, the book serves at once as a revelation and an inspiration.
About the Author
Jane Day is a preservation consultant and architectural historian based in Palm Beach. The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic, architectural, and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, Florida. Through advocacy initiatives, educational programs, architectural resources, and cultural events, the foundation’s goal is to encourage the community to learn about and save the historic buildings that truly make Palm Beach special.
"Famed Palm Beach architect Marion Sims Wyeth was the creator of iconic homes for the rich and famous like heiresses Marjorie Merriweather Post and Doris Duke along with spectacular mansions like Mar-a-Lago and museums like The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. A new book by local historian Dr. Jane S. Day, From Palm Beach to Shangri La: The Architecture of Marion Sims Wyeth (Rizzoli), explores Wyeth's influence on the region and showcases some of the architect's most memorable designs." —DUJOUR.COM
"The architecture of Marion Sims Wyeth defines one of the most preeminent design talents of his day. This richly illustrated book takes readers into the legendary abodes of Marjorie Merriweather Post and Doris Duke—Mar-a-Lago and Shangri La, respectively—as well as the less well-known but equally spectacular Hogarcito and La Claridad, to name but a few." —SOCIETY TEXAS
"With copies of original plans and elevations throughout, as well as early black-and-white photography, Day’s book enlightens the reader about Wyeth’s seminal structures with historical provenance and contemporary photography. It is that rare tome that’s both scholarly and visually captivating; it will serve to inspire architects and interior designers working in tropical locals–and beyond–for generations to come." —INTERIORDESIGNMASTERCLASS.COM
"This book highlights some of his most iconic projects, including Doris Duke’s Hawaiian retreat and a mansion that will remain in the history books for entirely different reasons—Mar-a-Lago." —ELLE DECOR