Mizner's Inn: Boca Raton Resort & Club
Susan Gillis

EVENT DESCRIPTION: This event is back by popular demand! Palm Beach society architect Addison Mizner turned the small farming community of Boca Raton into a national sensation with his Boca Raton development project in 1925. Many of the Mizner Development Corporation’s plans never materialized, but his legacy lives on. The most dramatic of his completed projects was the 1926 Cloister Inn, built on the western shore of Lake Boca Raton to house potential investors. In spite of these successes, by 1927 the Mizner Development Corporation was bankrupt. New owner, Clarence Geist, hired hotel architects Schultze and Weaver, designers of the Breakers in Palm Beach and the Biltmore in Coral Gables, to greatly enlarge the small inn. The newly-named Boca Raton Club opened in January of 1930. Learn about Mizner, Schultze and Weaver, and the architecture and history of Boca Raton’s “pink palace” in this slide lecture and guided hotel tour provided by the BRHS&M.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum (BRHS&M) was founded in 1972, with the mission to collect, preserve and present artifacts relating to the history of Boca Raton. Since its founding, the BRHS&M has been the city’s principal agency for historic preservation. The museum brings history to the community through a wide variety of programs, exhibitions, publications, and other outreach services. BRHS&M curator Susan Gillis has been with the museum since 2002. She has a BA in History and Anthropology and an MA in Anthropology. She is the author of six books on local history, including Boomtown Boca: Boca Raton in the 1920s. 

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $25 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of seven events
Door price member/non-member - $30