New York: William Helpurn, 1928. First edition. Leather bound. 184pp. Folio [41.5 cm] Attractively rebound in 3/4 leather over marbled boards with matching marbled endsheets. Near fine. There are 2 brief gift inscriptions on the half title page. This is an Important work that contains 185 elegant full page illustrations. Introduction by Ida M. Tarbell. Item #25131
Addison Mizner (1872-1933) was born in Benicia, California. Mizner was passionate about Spanish architecture. He was a well-known resort architect known for his Palm Beach mansions. Mizner's father was an ambassador to five republics in South America, and the result was that Addison was fluent in Spanish, and he became fascinated with the Spanish architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries. He had no formal university training in architecture, however he received his formal training as an apprentice in the office of Willis Polk, who went on to become a prominent San Francisco architect. In 1918 Mizner went to Palm Beach as the guest of Paris Singer, the sewing machine heir. There, he designed the Singer's Everglades Club, introducing Mediterranean style architecture to the resort. The style took off, leading to commissions for resort mansions for the leaders of Palm Beach society.