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Delray Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Delray Beach Hotel

 
 
Delray Beach Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, August 2, 2016
1. Delray Beach Hotel Marker
Inscription.  The Delray Beach Hotel was constructed on this site in 1939. Engineered by William Victor Peterson and built by Taylor Construction, the Mediterranean style hotel featured a Cuban tile roof, high ceilings with exposed beams, and large glass windows for ocean views. Peterson, born in 1882 of Swedish descent, had farmed pineapples in Hawaii. Delray's similar climate and pineapple-growing heritage brought him to the area, where he entered Florida’s tourism industry. The Delray Beach Hotel and other contemporary establishments catered to a winter colony of wealthy, creative people. Peterson operated the hotel with his wife Margaret and son Robert during the tourist season. The family also owned the Northern Pine Lodge in Park Rapids, Minnesota, which they operated in the summer when the Delray Hotel was closed. In 1944, the hotel was sold to MacNab Hotels Inc. A restaurant added to the southwest side of the building in 1953 was designed by prominent Delray Beach architect, Samuel Ogren Sr. Berkshire-By-The-Sea was built on the original site of the Delray Beach Hotel in the early 1980s.
 
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Delray Beach Hotel Marker with Berkshire-By-the-Sea in background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, August 2, 2016
2. Delray Beach Hotel Marker with Berkshire-By-the-Sea in background
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William S. & Barbara Peterson, Delray Beach Historical Society and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-847.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
 
Location. 26° 27.888′ N, 80° 3.472′ W. Marker is in Delray Beach, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is on North Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A) south of Thomas Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 North Ocean Boulevard, Delray Beach FL 33483, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Orange Grove House of Refuge No. 3 (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); J. B. Evans House (approx. half a mile away); Atlantic Avenue Crossing (approx. half a mile away); Marina Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Beach Dedication (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nassau Park Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Marina Historic District (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delray Beach.
 
Delray Beach Hotel Marker with FL A1A image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, August 2, 2016
3. Delray Beach Hotel Marker with FL A1A
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 14, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 27, 2022