Palm Beach projects win Mizner Awards in architectural competition

Architects and designers were honored at the ninth annual award sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

The palm beach recreation center, an updated private park near City Hall, and a restored historic estate in the Estate section took top honors in the ninth annual juryed competition sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

The Addison Mizner Medals were presented to architects and landscapers during a presentation on October 23 at The Colony. The awards recognized projects in Florida and out of state – including several designed by Palm Beach-based companies – in a wide range of categories.

Architect Stephen Boruff of Stephen Boruff AIA Architects & Planners in West Palm Beach was honored in the civic category for the design of the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center at 340 Seaview Ave.

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The 17,000 square foot Mediterranean-style center opened in December 2019 and replaced a facility that had been on site for over 30 years. The planning process that led to the final design is the result of months of effort, Deputy Managing Director Jay Boodheshwar told the Daily News this week.

“The building that exists today, which so deserved this award, (went through) one of the most public development processes the city has ever seen. There was a lot of community feedback and community meetings that involved both the architecture and what would happen inside the building. I think congratulations go to the community, which has been very involved in this process, ”said Boodheshwar.

He added: “A community building like the recreation center is very important from a functional point of view because of all the programming that takes place there. But being in Palm Beach, the architectural value is also so important. This award certainly confirms that we have hit the mark on architecture.

Preservation of iconic estate wins award

Smith Kellogg Architecture architect Kristin H. Kellogg won her medal in the Residential Historic Preservation category for an extensive restoration project in a lakeside estate at 174 Via Del Lago. Designed by the late architect Marion Sims Wyeth, the nearly 3-acre estate – with its 1934 house and expansive gardens – is known as Southwood.

Kellogg and his team performed the restoration for then-owner Beatrice Tollman, who runs the Red Carnation Hotels collection, which includes The Chestfield. Tollman sold the estate in March for a recorded sum of $ 57 million.

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Kellogg, whose firm specializes in preservation projects, said last week that such work requires “humility” from a design professional “because you have to respect the architect of origin and structure “.

Much of the project, she added, would never be noticed by a visitor to the house or gardens, as it involved structural work or the replacement of systems such as wiring or plumbing.

Particularly difficult was the research and design that made it possible to create bespoke glass doors and windows that meticulously reproduce the originals, she added.

Kellogg attributed the contributions of contractor Woollems Inc. to the project. The head of the company, Palm Beacher Jim Woollems, is set to receive the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Florida Chapter’s first Legacy Award in February at a dinner in February at the Norton Museum.

Palm Beach Private Park honored

Architect Gerard J. Beekman of Madison Worth Architecture designed the other Palm Beach project honored at the ceremony – a renovation of Earl ET Smith Park across from City Hall at the corner of Peruvian Avenue and South County Road. It was registered in the “garden furniture” category.

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With a central fountain and pergolas covered with bougainvillea, the renovation of the park was subscribed by palm beach resident Sam Lehrman. Owned by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the park is a “public private space,” said Amanda Skier, CEO of the foundation.

“We are deeply grateful to Sam Lehrman for making this project possible and for bringing together the team that made it happen,” said Skier.

Two other Palm Beach businesses rewarded

Three other awards were given to two Palm Beach companies for their out of town projects.

Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, led by designer Fernando Wong, won the award in the landscape architecture category for a project at the Miami Beach Surf Club

Fairfax & Sammons Architects won two awards – one in the multi-family residential category for a project on J Street in Lake Worth Beach; the other in the renovations and expansions category for the redevelopment of an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York. Anne Fairfax, whose partner in the firm is her husband, Richard Sammons, alternate member of the Palm Beach Architectural Commission, served as master of ceremonies at the awards ceremony.

Belt of Hollywood also won a craft award for his bronze work at a Palm Beach home on Via Marina.

Two other projects in Palm Beach County were honored. Portuondo Perotti Architects of Miami won an award for the design of a residence in Wellington, while Stella Art Conservation LLC of West Palm Beach received an award for its restoration of a painting, “The Conversation,” in West Palm Beach.

Other awards were presented to companies in Coral Gables, Miami, Naples, Vero Beach and Atlanta.

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The jury for the award was made up of Jorge Sanchez, Palm Beach landscaper; decorator Amanda Lindroth, who has an office in Palm Beach; and architect Duncan Stroik, who teaches architecture at the University of Notre Dame.

More than 40 applications were received in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning, crafts and fine arts, said chapter president Gerald Buxbaum. Applications were judged “blind”, meaning no professional names were associated with the projects during the review process, officials said.

The organization offers educational workshops, on-site drawing sessions and conferences as part of its programming. The group also produces publications and videos of the work of its members.

All winning entries can be viewed on the organization’s website,


Darrell Hofheinz is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network from Florida. Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.

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