West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Former State of Florida Board of Health Laboratory c.1921
Designed by Pensacola architect, Walker D. Willis, as a prototype and constructed several times around the state, this remarkable Neo-classical building was considered a symbol of civilization. It was purposefully oriented west to face the now demolished FEC train station where medical supplies and samples were sent and received. This orientation made a monumental presentation to the wealthy northern visitors who arrived by train. Before backing over the railroad bridge to Palm Beach, their trains would pause in front of the beautiful west facade. For many, its elegant form symbolized for many a reemergence into civilization.
Constructed by E.H. Barto in 100 days at a total cost of $34,700, this landmark structure retains much of its original Bedford Limestone fenestration, St. Louis brick facade, and decorative classical interior. The well-preserved interior includes extensive “promenade” mosaic tile, Dade Pine floors, and a wrought iron and marble central staircase.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located by the flagpole at the front of the building though address is from the bordering street behind. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 5th St, West Palm Beach FL 33401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old St. Ann's Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Clematis Street Commercial Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flagler Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Seaboard Air Line Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Palm Beach Junior College (approx. 0.7 miles away); Palm Beach High School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sea Gull Cottage (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Palm Beach.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.