Fred C. Aiken House
The Fred C. Aiken House was built in 1926 and is an excellent example of Mediterranean Revival architecture. Fred C. Aiken served as mayor from 1928-1938.
Backstory and Context
In the early 1920s, what would become Boca Raton was a small faming community. Mizner, who had spent the previous several years designing several buildings in Palm Beach—which earned him national fame—set his sights on Boca Raton. His plan was to develop a resort city for the wealthy from scratch. He was in charge of laying out the city and approving the design and construction of all the buildings. After World War II, Boca Raton would transition from a resort town to a larger city.
Fred C. Aiken
Fred C. Aiken earned a living as a film industry executive before he joined the Mizner Development Corporation. He made a name for himself in the local business community and civic circles, which enabled him to run for and become mayor in 1929. Among his accomplishments during his tenure was raising taxes to help pay the significant debt the city had accrued, lobbying the state to pave the highway between the city and Delray Beach, and continuing to promote the city's development. As city clerk, Aiken served a number roles including treasurer, tax assessor, tax collector, and budget officer. He retired in 1949 and passed away ten years later at the age of 86.
Taylor, Tulie W. "Aiken, Fred C. House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. September 24, 1992. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/c4c78b3b-f2ed-42b4-8f36-0589fa245d9f/
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