Addison Mizner (1872-1933) was Florida's leading architect in the 1920's. He established his own unique Spanish and Mediterranean Revival style that became the architectural signature of Florida, and in so doing, created the ambience that truly transformed Palm Beach and South Florida.
A romantic and freewheeling man, Mizner was strongly influenced by the art of Spain and the Central Americas, where he spent much of his childhood. At the height of his career, Mizner designed over fifty Palm Beach villas and Florida mansions for the nation's leading social families. He also designed the famous Everglades Club (1918) in Palm Beach, the Boca Raton Resort and Club (1925), the Via Mizner and the Via Parigi.
Mizner's work served as the models for other leading Florida architects during this period. As an architect and creator of a unique style that defined the resort communities of Florida forever, Addison Mizner has truly secured a lasting place in the architectural history of America*.
Addison Mizner designed and built Rock Hall between 1911 and 1912 during his New York "Society" years.
"If anything, Mizner's work is more relevant today than it was twenty years ago. Then, it was his work that seemed stale. Now Modern architecture is the thing that is stale and Mizner has renewed freshness." r
Links to learn more about Mizner: New York Social Diary Boca Raton Historical Society
*Florida Division of Cultural Affairs/Florida Artists Hall of Fame