Cocoanut Road House
Backstory and Context
Maurice Fatio was born in 1897 to an upper-class family in Geneva, Switzerland. He first studied architecture at Zurich Polytechnic (now known as ETH Zurich) and graduated in 1920. He immigrated to America shortly thereafter and settled in New York City. From the outset he was interested in country houses. He formed a partnership with a well-known architect and together they became ran one of the more successful architecture firms in the city.
In October 1923, the firm was hired to work on a development project in the what is now the town of Jupiter Island. Fatio began to make trips to Florida in early 1924 to oversee the project and he eventually opened a permanent office in Palm Beach (the firm now had two offices, one in New York and the other in Palm Beach). He designed a number of buildings, including the original First National Bank, and several houses in the Mediterranean, Colonial, and other architectural styles. Fatio was also involved in a number of other activities including serving as director of a local sports club, a local arts organization, and was a member of a few other clubs. Sadly, he died of a heart attack at the age of 46 in 1943, leaving his wife and two children (tragically, she passed away the next year). One of their two children wrote a book about Fatio's work in 1992.
Johnson, John P. "1240 Cocoanut Road." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. August 17, 2001. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/69f72fad-bdd8-482d-b23f-12b2b14931af.
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