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Florida Deco Landmark May Be In Jeopardy

By STERLING S. BADER
Art Deco News.Com

The recent closing of The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art (PBICA) after a five-year run may place one of the Palm Beach County Florida's most distinctive Art Deco landmarks in jeopardy. Palm Beach attorney Robert Montgomery Jr., who has owned the former deco-era theatre since 1999,

Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake worth, Florida, has closed, and the fate of the Art Deco- era building is uncertain.

said museum attendance was not high enough to merit its continuation after the last exhibit ended.

Montgomery told Art Deco News.Com that demolition is "certainly a possibility," but that for now he's "hoping it can be preserved." At least for now, Montgomery said the building is not on the market for sale.

"I don't know what I'm going to do. I can't give it away without an endowment," he said, and no non-profit agencies have expressed interest so far. Keeping the PBICA open ran over $100,000 a month in operating expenses and took away from Montgomery's other philanthropic interests


Just across the street from the PBICA property, old structures along Lake Avenue have given way to luxury condominiums as the character of the neighborhood evolves and land values escalate.

Montgomery said he invested some $7.5 million in purchasing, renovating, and operating the museum, which he bought from the Palm Beach Community College Foundation in 1999. Back in 1982, the former art deco theater opened as a showplace of a contemporary art collection. The Lannan Foundation gave the building to the college foundation in 1989 and it was about to go under when Montgomery and his wife, Mary, purchased it.

Montgomery is no longer willing to pay the $100,000-plus monthly expenses. The institute's future has been in doubt since former Director Michael Rush resigned last spring. Montgomery foresees just a skeleton crew remaining unless there's a "miracle."

Some local artists and gallery directors blame location, not quality or curatorial integrity, for the museum's failure. They argue there wasn't enough support in Lake Worth.


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Deco-style hospital on death bed as preservationists fight back.

Deco-Style Hospital Under Threat


The largest Art Deco building in Florida, a state tuberculosis hospital, is threatened by plans to raze it to make way for the Florida Institute for Public Health. But the Art Deco Society of The Palm Beaches (ADSPB), is fighting back.

The A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, Florida, while built in the 1950s, has classic Art Deco features which include terrazzo floors, block-shaped glass windows, hard-edged geometrical designs, rounded corners, and eyebrows or shelves built atop windows.

Some preservationists see a treasure gem to be proud of, and that the plann to fell the building will cost Palm Beach county a large piece of its Art Deco history.  Others may argue that the sanatorium’s architecture and design is closer to the Streamline Moderne period than Art Deco.

 

The Florida Department of Health said it remains committed to tearing down the building, contending that the price of keeping the building, reportedly laced with asbestos, would be costly, and the old design doesn’t fit a modern healthcare facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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