The 26th Annual Whitehall Lecture Series brings expert historians and authors to discuss "The Architects Who Designed Palm Beach's Iconic Buildings." The Series theme was selected in conjunction with the Town of Palm Beach's centennial anniversary. Noatable architects featued this year include: Carrère and Hastings, Joseph Urban, Schultze & Weaver, and Addison Mizner. The Museum welcomes esteemed writers such as: Laurie Ossman, John Loring, Jonathan Mogul, and Caroline Seebohm to Whitehall. Patrons who purchase a series ticket will also receive a bound copy of the Whitehall Lecture Series Essays.

Architects Carrère and Hastings


By Dr. Laurie Ossman 
February 13, 2011, 3:00 p.m.

In 1902 the New York Herald proclaimed Whitehall as, “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the World.” Flagler built the home as a wedding present for Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. Carrère and Hastings, who designed Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon,studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and went on to design many Gilded Age landmarks.

Dr. Ossman is an architectural historian having also worked in curatorial and preservation roles at Vizcaya, Ca’d’Zan, the Flagler Museum, and Monticello, prior to her current position at Woodlawn Plantation and Pope-Leighey House in Mt. Vernon, Washington D.C. She is the author of a forthcoming book on Carrère and Hastings published by Rizzoli International Publications.

Artchitect Joseph Urban

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By John Loring
February 20, 2011, 3:00 p.m.

A multi-faceted artist, Joseph Urban’s work spanned illustration to architecture. Known worldwide for his sumptuous designs, Joseph Urban designed three of Palm Beach’s iconic buildings including, the Paramount Theatre, Mar-a-Lago, and the Bath and Tennis Club.

John Loring is the author of the new biography Joseph Urban. He is also a former New York bureau chief of Architectural Digest and design director of Tiffany & Co. He graduated from Yale University, has an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. A book signing follows the lecture.

Review: "A crowd of 170 people filled the Ballroom of the Flagler Museum Sunday afternoon to hear architect John Loring discuss the Palm Beach architect once known as the most beautiful man in Vienna." - Christopher C. Paine, Palm Beach Daily News

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Architects Schultze & Weaver

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By Jonathan Mogul
February 27, 2011, 3:00 p.m.

This notable New York-based firm designed The Breakers resort. Schultze & Weaver were commissioned to rebuild the famed resort, and were known later in their careers for their design of several Biltmore Hotels, including those in Miami and Los Angeles. Built in the time of grand hotels, The Breakers stands today as an impressive masterpiece of Gilded Age luxury.

Jonathan Mogul is the Academic Programs Coordinator at the Wolfsonian at Florida International University. He co-authored Grand Hotels of the Jazz Age: The Architecture of Schultze & Weaver. He also wrote the essay Escape and Continuity: The Florida and New York Hotels of Schultze & Weaver, and co-curated an exhibit on the firm’s hotels. A book signing follows the lecture.

Review: Jon Mogul shares story of Breakers architects Schultze, Weaver at Flagler talk - Christopher C. Paine, Palm Beach Daily News

Architect Addison Mizner


By Caroline Seebohm
March 6, 2011, 3:00 p.m.

Renowned architect Addison Mizner created Palm Beach’s classic Mediterranean Revival style in evidence throughout South Florida. Mizner’s work in Palm Beach includes iconic buildings such as the Everglades Club, Via Mizner, and Via Parigi off Worth Avenue.

Caroline Seebohm is the author of many novels and biographies, including Boca Rococo: How Addison Mizner Invented Florida’s Gold Coast. She has also written for House & Garden, The New York Times, and Town & Country Travel.