Boomtime Boca: Boca Raton in the 1920s (Images of America Series)

Boomtime Boca: Boca Raton in the 1920s (Images of America Series)

by Susan Gillis, Boca Raton Historical Society
     
 

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Boca Raton, Florida, was a tiny farming community on

the southeastern coast of Florida when the state's 1920s real estate boom grew into a national phenomenon. Investors and new residents were drawn to the state from all over the country, a time Floridians referred to as "the Boom." In April 1925, well-known Palm Beach society architect Addison Mizner revealed

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Boca Raton, Florida, was a tiny farming community on

the southeastern coast of Florida when the state's 1920s real estate boom grew into a national phenomenon. Investors and new residents were drawn to the state from all over the country, a time Floridians referred to as "the Boom." In April 1925, well-known Palm Beach society architect Addison Mizner revealed his plans for an ambitious new

development in Boca Raton. The plans included a gigantic oceanfront hotel, elegant mansions, golf and polo grounds, and palm-lined boulevards. The popularity of Mizner's projects stimulated many similar developments within the region, increasing the population of the town from 100 to several hundred residents. By the fall of 1926, however, the

Florida land boom came to an end. Boca Raton returned, for the most part, to its small-town agricultural heritage by 1930. By the end of the 20th century, boomtime dreams were fully realized and Boca Raton became one of Florida's most prestigious addresses.

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This Images of America pictorial records the dramatic growth of Florida's Boca Raton since the 1920s. Susan Gillis and her colleagues at the Boca Raton Historical Society have gathered an impressive array of vintage and recent photographs to document the radical changes the city has undergone. A boomtown boon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738544434
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/25/2007
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,187,396
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Historian Susan Gillis has served as archivist at the Boca Raton Historical Society since 2002. She has drawn upon her knowledge of the city's history and the historical society's photographic and image collections in the creation of this unique look at Boca Raton's most glamorous era.

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