Web Sites

Historical Society of Palm Beach County:  http://www.historicalsocietypbc.org
National Building Museum:  http://www.nbm.org/home.html
Preservation Network:  http://www.preservenet.cornell.edu


The History Channel and A&E Network now have a website that sells vacation packages geared
toward history buffs:  

Mango Inn B&B (Lake Worth, FL):  three residences (the largest dating back to circa 1915 in an
historic area, this inn features a swimming pool, tranquil gardens and accomodates up to 22 guests.  

Sabal Palm House B&B (Lake Worth, FL):  holding AAA's four-diamond award, this inn was built
in 1936 and has 9 rooms, each with a private balcony.  (561-582-1090)

Casa De Rosa B&B (West Palm Beach, FL): Built between 1924-26 in the Old Northwood
Historic District, this inn has 3 guest rooms and a cottage, as well as the large garden.  All feature a
rose theme.  (561-833-1920)

Hibiscus House B&B (West Palm Beach, FL):  Built in 1922 as the mayor's home, it became the first
B&B in Palm Beach Co.  In Old Northwood Historic Distict, it boasts seven guest rooms.  (561-

Tropical Gardens B&B (West Palm Beach, FL):  This '30's era cottage is decorated with Caribbean
accents.  In the old Northwood Historic District, it offers Old Florida charm.  (561_ 848-4064)


Save our History: the History Channel at www.saveourhistory.com

Gift Ideas Plus!

How about:  "The 2004 Edition of Historic Hotels of America"?
Better yet!:  Order their gift card good at any of these hotels.

Print Resources

"Book Stores"

Online bookstore for Florida books and videos:  www.floridabookstore.com
National Park Service:  http://www.cr.nps.gov
U.S. Government Printing Office - online bookstore: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/
This Old House journal, house plans, restoration directory and more: www.oldhousejournal.com
This Old House: www.thisoldhouse.com
Online source for advice on improvements, remodeling and more: www.oldhouseweb.com
National Trust's Preservation Books online catalog: www.preservationbooks.org
Smithsonian Books:  www.sipress.si.edu

Print Publications

Historic Preservation: A Design Guidelines Handbook published by the City of West Palm Beach.  
The old edition written in the early 90’s by Mary Brandenburg and William Dale Waters is currently
being updated and should be in print in 2004.  It’s a wonderful research for those interested in the
City’s historic districts and guidelines for preservation.  Call the City’s Historic Preservation Division
at 561-659-8031.

American Shelter: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Homes by Les Walker.  Book in
bookstores or order from

Old-House Journal Compendium by Clem Labine, an illustrated layman's guide to buying, renovating
and maintaining an antique house.  Available at Wal-Mart or search online for various sources.

Old Florida, a coffee table compilation of wondrous photographs, is available at bookstores from
Rizzoli International Publications.  It features buildings from theaters to hotels to houses, in rural areas
or in towns and cities.

Historic House Plans is a collection of authentic reproductions of early American, Victorian and post-
Victorian house styles from saltboxes to bungalows.  This can be ordered from Old House Journal
by calling (508) 281-8803.

Old House Starter Kit was designed to answer questions about restoring and rehabilitating an old
house.  It is a wealth of how-to’s with checklists, fact sheets, bibliography and guides; 150 pages.  It’
s available from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1-800-766-6847.  This and other
publications are available on their site at

Standards & Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitation shows over 150 photos and drawings that
emphasize repair over replacement.  Order GPO Stock #024-005-01091-2 from the Supt. Of
Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.

Florida Heritage is a glossy quarterly magazine mailed to members of the Florida Trust for Historic
Preservation.  Visit their site at

A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia and Lee McAlester published in 1991 By Alfred A.
Knopf should be available through all bookstores.

Palm Beach County, An Illustrated History by Dr. Donald Curl is a heavily illustrated history of the
county from its earliest years.  It’s available from the Historical Society of palm Beach County.

Palm Beach Revisited by Judge James R. Knott is a three-volume compilation of historical vignettes
by this long-time Palm Beach County resident.  It is available from the Historical Society of Palm
Beach County.

Palm Beach From The Other Side of the Lake by David Robinson Thompson is a collection of
stories from the memory of a resident who came to West Palm Beach as a boy and experienced the
booms and busts of the Florida economy.  It is available from the Historical Society of Palm Beach

Landmark Architecture of Palm Beach by Barbara Hoffstot is a heavily illustrated treasure of Palm
Beach homes and buildings, well documents with brief histories of each.  It is available from the
Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

Pioneers in Paradise…………….

“Antiques & Art Around Florida” is a twice-yearly publication advertising art and antique shows all
over the state, but having many interesting articles.  A 10th anniversary issue, “Collecting” Florida
had articles on Florida collectibles produced within the state including old maps, natural history
artists, photographers, political buttons, 19th Century painters, pottery, fishing lures, cigar box labels,
cookbooks, miniature scenes and the like.  To subscribe or for back issues, write to Antiques & Art
Around Florida, P.O. Box 2481, Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33303.

Florida’s Historic Restaurants …and their recipes is a resource of dining locations in historic.  By
Dawn O’Brien and Becky Roper Matkov and published by John F. Blair, it should be available in
local bookstores.

Under Every Roof: A Kids’ Style and Field Guide to the Architecture of American Houses is
available from the National Trust.  Children and adults learn about the history of domestic
architecture, the style of houses we live in and terms for the architectural elements that compose
buildings.  More than 60 houses listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 30 states and D.
C. are featured.  

The editors of “Old House Journal/Old House Interiors have a catalog of books available by phone
order on subjects near and dear to the historic enthusiast’s heart.  To order a catalog, call 800-931-

Florida Cuban Heritage Trail published by the Florida Dept. of State, highlights historic sites, people
and events important to Cuban Americans and to the state’s history as a whole.  It may be ordered
by calling (904) 488-1484 (the History Shop).

Dictionary of Building Preservation edited by Ward Buchwald and published by John Wiley and
Sons is a complete compendium of all you ever wanted to know about historical buildings.  It’s a
well-written combination of history, hardware store catalogue and builder’s reference.

Florida Stories and More Florida Stories edited by Kevin McCarthy and published by the University
Press of Florida are collections of tales set in Florida.

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