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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the The Colonial Dames of America, National Society of series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
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. Though the address Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 58 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach FL 33480, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Royal Poinciana Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); 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); Henry Morrison Flagler (approx. 0.4 miles away); Flagler Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Flagler Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dade County State Bank Building (approx. 0.6 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
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 11 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. 3. submitted on June 2, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.