Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Sea Gull Cottage
Palm Beach's Oldest House
Constructed in 1886 by R.R. McCormick, a Denver railroad developer, Sea Gull cottage was purchased by Henry Flagler in 1893 and became Flagler’s first winter residence in Palm Beach. The Royal Poinciana, Flagler’s first resort hotel in Palm Beach, was located next to Sea Gull. In 1984 Sea Gull was moved and restored by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. It is now the Parish House of the Royal Poinciana Chapel.
Erected 1992 by The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in cooperation with the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-340.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Society of Colonial Dames of America marker series.
Location. 26° 42.79′ N, 80° 2.565′ W. Marker is in Palm Beach, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker can be reached from South Lake Trail 0.1 miles west of Cocoanut Row, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Though the address is on Cocoanut Row, the marker is located behind the house on the South Lake Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 58 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach FL 33480, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Royal Poinciana Chapel (within shouting distance of this Cocoanut Grove House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Royal Poinciana Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Episcopal Church of Bethesda-By-The-Sea (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flagler Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old St. Ann's Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Former State of Florida Board of Health Laboratory c.1921 (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palm Beach.
Regarding Sea Gull Cottage. The house is in a New England style, as seen in the highly pitched roofs, great for snow but bad for hurricanes. It could be called “drab”. This is the background against which Addison Mizner was to create a South Florida style (largely Spanish colonial) with its then-astonishing color scheme. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addison_Mizner#Florida
Categories. • Architecture • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on March 10, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.