The Hotel Royal Poinciana – A Gem lost to Time

I am very excited about the Society’s October 21 presentation by Patrick Crowley on the Hotel Royal Poinciana and The Beach Club. The Hotel Royal Poinciana was once the world’s largest wooden building. We can’t even imagine the immense nature of the place, with miles of hallways, reeking of diamonds and money. It is with no doubt the most transforming structure ever built in Palm Beach County, bring us from swamp to splendor in a few short years.

The wealthy northern scions even brought their own train cars along, parked on the property, so that not even a moment was spent with the common folk on open train lines. HRP1They stayed that ever so short season from January through March, enjoying the ocean beach, the coconut palms, the balmy air, the concerts – and the gambling over at The Beach Club!

How they spent all those hours will be revealed – no television or movies to idle away the hours, just reading, conversing, strolling, eating, listening and dancing. So if you have Monday, October 21 at 6:30 PM open on your calendar, do stop by the Boynton Beach City Library and be swept back in time to that glorious era of American history.

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2 Responses to The Hotel Royal Poinciana – A Gem lost to Time

  1. Want to know what it was like and how it changed our community? Read THE FLAME TREE by Theodore Pratt. Culture shock beyond belief provided a catalyst for inconceivable change in a very short period of time. Locals were dazed and reeling.

  2. Ginger Pedersen says:

    A great book! I looked through his research notes at FAU – an incredible learning experience – not only about the HRP, but on how to organize notes for a book. Meticulous researcher!

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