In the mood for walkabout around Palm Beach? Then you might want to consider participating in the annual Historic Properties Workshop on Thursday.

In an ode to the Preservation Foundation’s 40th anniversary, the event will explore the restoration of landmarked structures as a catalyst for revitalization, according to a release.

The interactive walking workshop will feature Royal Poinciana Plaza and White Elephant Palm Beach, formerly the Bradley Park Hotel, two projects that are considered key to the renaissance of Royal Poinciana Way, the release said.

Katie Jacob, director of programming at the Preservation Foundation, said the sites were chosen because Royal Poinciana Plaza represents a finished revitalization project, while the White Elephant Palm Beach is a work in progress. Together, she said, they help folks “get an idea of how a landmark can be brought back to life and the process for actually doing so.”

They tell the story of landmarking in a very positive way, she said.

The route along Royal Poinciana Way was chosen because as Palm Beach’s historic main street, it showcases the different stories of the town, Jacob said. It also is a comfortable walking distance, she said.

The landmarked Royal Poinciana Plaza was designed by John Volk in 1957 under the caveat that it can be any style, but must remain relevant for at least 50 years. With its lush courtyards and shady colonnades, the plaza epitomizes the Palm Beach lifestyle and is once again a coveted destination, the Preservation Foundation said in its release.

Completion of the White Elephant Palm Beach, formerly the Bradley Park Hotel, a landmarked site, is scheduled for next year.

The workshop will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of each property and give the participants the opportunity to learn first-hand the process of restoring a landmark, the release said.

“The Historic Properties Workshop was started in 1997 as an educational program to provide current and practical information about the various facets of landmarked buildings in Palm Beach,” Jacob said.

Thursday’s participants will meet at Bradley Park at 9:30 a.m., and the workshop is expected to last until noon. It is limited 60 participants. Sensible shoes are suggested. Call 561-832-0731, ext. 110 for details and reservations.



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