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, first opened in 1927, is the most magnificent mansion on Florida's east coast built before the Great Depression. Planned by architect Marion Wyeth and interior designer Joseph Urban, with sculpture by Franz Barwig of Vienna, Mar~a~Lago is an adaptation of the Hispano-Moresque style. It is two storied and crescent-shaped in plan, with upper and lower cloisters along the concave side of the crescent facing Lake Worth.
Constructed of reinforced concrete and hollow ceramic tile faced with stucco and/or stone veneer, its detailing is excellent, consisting of bas-relief and sculpture in Doria stone (fossil-bearing limestone from Genoa, Italy), antique Spanish glazed tile, and carved cypress details. A seventy five foot tower dominates the structure and provides a focal point for the Palm Beach area.
Find a large collection photographs and detailed descriptions of the lavish ornamentation, finishes and furniture in the rooms.
Introduction: Mar-a-Lago Estate, Palm Beach FL
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