Sunday, March 31, 2019

Two historic hotels in two downtowns. The Gulfstream Hotel stands tall. The Pennsylvania Hotel stands tall no longer.

West Palm and the “END OF AN ERA” in 1994.

How much has West Palm’s downtown improved in the twenty-five years since? The editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post recently wrote about its main thoroughfare, “It’s the busiest downtown street in Palm Beach County’s biggest city, the gateway into West Palm Beach … and it’s a crowded mess.”

Here is an excerpt from a Letter to Editor in The Palm Beach Post dated April 4th, 1994 written by “Wes Blackman”:

“It [the Pennsylvania Hotel] is one of the few remaining structures from the city’s glorious but fading past.

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Gulfstream Hotel in the City of Lake Worth, the Pennsylvania Hotel, and the Belleview Biltmore in Belleair: What history teaches us about historic preservation.

Newspaper clipping, front page of Palm Beach
Daily News (aka, The Shiny Sheet), Sunday,
February 19th, 1995:

The process of demolishing the Pennsylvania Hotel began much earlier than 1995. There is a name for that. It’s called “demolition by neglect”.