The Addison, Boca Raton
The Addison is a modern event venue housed in two historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designed by architect Addison Mizner (1872-1933). The buildings were completed in 1925 and are significant as architectural models of Mizner's interpretation of the Spanish and Mediterranean Revival styles. The buildings also reflect Mizner's plan to build a resort city that would have included a 1,000-room hotel (the sales and administration office for his organization called Mizner Development Corporation were housed in the buildings). The plan never materialized but the buildings serve as a reminder of his vision and reflect the tremendous impact he had on South Florida architecture. The Addison opened in 2018.
Backstory and Context
He made his way to Florida by 1918, hoping that the warm climate would improve his health. The first building he designed was the Everglades Club, which was built in 1919 and still stands today as an exclusive social club. It was actually intended to be a hospital for WWI soldiers but the war ended not long after construction began. During the first half of the 1920s, Mizner designed almost 40 large villas for wealthy clients. By 1925 the Florida land boom ended, dashing Mizner's dream of building a resort city.
"Our History." The Addison. Accessed July 12, 2018. https://theaddisonofbocaraton.com/history.