Make no mistake, the Red Cross Designer's Show House is a very big deal for the City of Lake Worth. This years Red Cross Show House is Lake Worth's own 'Birthday Cake Castle' located at 1 Fifth Ave South directly south of Bryant Park.
The Lake Worth Herald is doing a series (over three weeks) about the Lake Worth historic structure originally christened La Florentia. Check back here for excerpts from Mary Lindsey's piece on the designers, artists, and decorators that make up this magnificent exhibit here in our City. Here are some excerpts from the article in The Lake Worth Herald:
In 2013, the people of Lake Worth took a big deep breath, blew out the candles celebrating their first 100 years and made great big wishes for the next. One of those Centennial wishes has come true and how fitting that the place where that wish has come true is our own Lake Worth Birthday Cake Castle. Christened “La Florentia”, this home is now known and loved as the Birthday Cake Castle with the two tiered pink icing draped cake with four candles and three balloons stained glass window hanging in the grand stairwell north window. La Florentia was built to be a Mediterranean classic in 1925 by Sherman Childs, but came to be the beloved “Birthday Cake Castle” in 1954 when then owner, Upton Close gave the home to his wife, Margaret Fretter Nye for her birthday. This magnificent structure has long held a special place in the hearts of this City who hold history, beauty and sentiment dear. The very land upon which the Birthday Cake Castle rests was originally deeded to Samuel and Fannie James, long recognized among the founders of the early settlement known as Jewell and now The City of Lake Worth.And about the Indoor Loggia by Todd Haas:
The aquatics of the adjoining sunroom, or Indoor Loggia by Todd Haas from West Palm Beach will capture your imagination and drag you deep under waves of more splendid blue than you ever knew. Thousands of crystals on the lamps and chandeliers bubble up and play with light flowing ever in from the east while impossibly blue orchids float on glass and Lucite tables, ascend the walls and bob on the surface of the ceiling high above. The antique chairs gilded in gold and tossed here and there took me right to Dave’s luxurious suite in the final scenes of 2001 – A Space Odyssey.
|The Indoor Loggia, photo courtesy of The Lake Worth Herald.|