West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Clematis Street Commercial Historic District
For over 100 years, Clematis Street (named after the Clematis flower has been the primary retail street in West Palm Beach. It was a shell-topped road in 1893, when Henry Flagler (1830-1913) began to develop West Palm Beach as the commercial district for his resort community of Palm Beach. The face of Clematis Street was changed in 1904 with the paving and the installation of sidewalks and streetlights. The Eastern end of Clematis Street developed first, but by 1916, as the population grew, the business district began to expand to the West. During the real estate boom of the 1920's, new buildings were erected to house a variety of retail establishments in the 500 block of Clematis Street. Among the contributing buildings in the district are the Hotel Clematis and Gruner's department store at 512-516 Clematis Street; James Rooming House at 518-20 Clematis Street; Sewell's Hardware store at 528-30 Clematis Street; and Sirkin Building at 533 Clematis Street(designed by local architect's Harvey and Clark)all built between 1920 and 1928. The 500 block of Clematis has the highest concentration of historic buildings in the downtown retail area.
Erected 2002 by City of West Palm Beach, Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-460.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 26° 42.808′ N, 80° 3.38′ W. Marker is in West Palm Beach, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is on Clematis Street 0.1 miles west of South Quadrille Boulevard (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach FL 33401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Old St. Ann's Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Former State of Florida Board of Health Laboratory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Palm Beach Junior College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Palm Beach High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Seaboard Air Line Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dade County State Bank Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Flagler Park (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Palm Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 18, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.