Palm Beach Reborn
Published: May 2009
By Tom Austin
Half a block from the ocean on so-called Banker's Row, the Bar (160 Royal Palm Way; 561/655-5600), at the Heart of Palm Beach Hotel, has always been an insider favorite. Designer Steven Stolman recently did it over with pecky cypress and white oak, and black-and-white society photographs by Lucien Capehart.
Polly Anne Earl, of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, has compiled the glossy Palm Beach, an Architectural Legacy (Rizzoli). The definitive history of local architecture examines everything from Henry Flagler's Seagull Cottageand Addison Mizner's Warden House to latter-day bungalows on Brazilian Avenue.
Later this spring, chef Daniel Boulud is opening his first restaurant outside New York: Café Boulud (301 Australian Ave.; 561/655-6060; dinner for two $110), at the recently renovated Brazilian Court hotel. Soothing fountains and lush courtyards complement the menu's tropical flair.
The Colony Hotel (155 Hammon Ave.; 561/655-5430; doubles from $375), a onetime retreat for the Duke of Windsor, has completed a $7 million overhaul, combining palm tree motifs with colonial conceits. Old social habits—fashion shows, poolside afternoon tea—have been brought back for the new order.
Founded in 1941 in a Marion Syms Wyeth building, West Palm's Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave.; 561/832-5196) becomes the largest art museum in Florida with the opening of the Southwest Wing. The striking space houses Chinese, European, and contemporary art.