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Don't Miss a Rare Chance to Tour Palm Beach's Southwood, Attend Marion Sims Wyeth Book Signing Event

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

Join the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach on Wed., Nov. 3, 2021, for a special cocktail reception and book signing for the new book From Palm Beach to Shangri La: The Architecture of Marion Sims Wyeth with author Dr. Jane S. Day.

The event will be held at the Southwood Estate, a Palm Beach landmarked home designed by Marion Sims Wyeth. Those who register for the event through the Florida Trust will receive a copy of the book, as well as a special tour of Southwood given by Kristin Kellogg of Smith Kellogg Architecture, the firm that led the restoration work.

The spacious lakefront estate known as Southwood was designed by Marion Sims Wyeth in 1934 and commissioned by Dr. John A. Vietor and his wife, Eleanor Woodward Vietor, a Jell-O heiress, at the cost of $190,000 or about $2.4 million when adjusted for inflation. Wyeth incorporated Monterey and Southern Colonial details, which was a departure from the prevailing Mediterranean Revival style popular prior to the Depression. For a more detailed introduction to Southwood, watch the Preservation Foundation’s Landmarks video.

From Palm Beach to Shangri La: The Architecture of Marion Sims Wyeth features Wyeth’s most alluring creations including the legendary abodes of Marjorie Merriweather Post and Doris Duke —Mar-a-Lago and Shangri La, respectively — as well as the less well-known but equally spectacular Hogarcito and La Claridad.

Space is limited, so register now to take advantage of this unique tour!

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