With its laid-back attitude and good-time vibe, not to mention plenty of scenic oceanside splendour, Palm Beach has always had plenty to offer those looking for relaxation. But with the Art Deco movement now firmly back in the retro spotlight, this charming Florida town is attracting a new wave of tourist: those interested in its array of iconic 1930’s architecture and art, characterised by pastel hues and sleek, ergonomic designs. This recent Art Deco renaissance makes it the perfect time to pay a visit to another Palm Beach icon, The Chesterfield. Stay with us and you’ll be in a prime position to soak up both the sun and the best Palm Beach Art Deco offerings.
Lake Worth Playhouse
Built in 1925, The Lake Worth Playhouse is the oldest registered Art Deco building in Palm Beach. And whilst the iconic theatre is a landmark in itself – its flat roof and white pillars both Art Deco mainstays – it is still a fully functioning production house and retro movie theatre, with a year-round programme that includes everything from stage drama to black and white foreign cinema. Take a look at the events calendar in advance of your visit, just in case it coincides with a great performance.
Armory Art Center
A thriving hub for the Palm Beach creative scene, The Armory Art Center offers visitors a multitude of ways in which to be educated and immersed in the area’s artistry, with exhibitions, workshops and lectures from local and prominent artists all taking place regularly inside this classic 1939 Art Deco building.
Norton Museum of Art
Founded in 1941, The Norton Museum is housed in an Art Deco building that offers a pristine snapshot of the movement’s heyday. Visit for the Art Deco and stay for the art: today, the museum’s collection comprises over 7,000 individual works of art, ranging from American watercolours to photography, and includes masterpieces from artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Pollock and O’Keeffe.
Palm Beach Cultural Council
Set inside the fantastic confines of a 1940’s movie theatre, The Palm Beach Cultural Council is a must on any Art Deco itinerary. As well as setting aside 2,500 square feet of gallery and exhibition space for local artists to display their works, the council runs art workshops, fundraisers and concerts – all dedicated to emerging and established Palm Beach art talents.
Pineapple Grove Arts District
Although not strictly in Palm Beach, Pineapple Grove – set back from the tourist traps in nearby Delray – is a delightfully bohemian assortment of cafes, restaurants, murals and galleries, with a distinctive ocean-inspired Art Deco theme present in much of the architecture. Take a walk through the District with your camera at the ready to capture holiday snaps of some great examples of Palm Beach Art Deco architecture.
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