Boca Raton in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
F.E.C. Railway Depot, Boca Raton
The rails of Henry Flaglerís Florida East Coast Railway first reached Boca Raton in 1895 providing an essential link in the extension of the railroad system south to Miami and the Florida Keys, and fostering the tourism and agricultural development around which the community of Boca Raton was founded and grew to prosper.
The 1930 railway depot on this site was not the first station in Boca Raton. While the F.E.C. was crucial to the opening of the area, it was during the era of the 1920s and 1930s that Boca Raton received its unique architectural character, due largely to the influence of the architect and developer Addison Mizner. In 1928, following the collapse of the explosive Boom Era in southeast Florida, Mizner lost his extensive holdings in Boca Raton. Clarence A. Geist, a self-made man who began his career as a brakeman in New Jersey and rose to become a utilities magnate in Philadelphia, bought the bankrupt development. Geist, too, had vision, and set out to build on Miznerís achievements. His plans included the construction of a passenger depot on the F.E.C. line to provide service for guests of the exclusive Boca Raton Club, the crown jewel of Miznerís plans for Boca, and to provide a gracious entrance to the showplace community.
Built in 1930, the station was designed by F.E.C. architect Chester G. Henninger in the Mediterranean Revival style of architecture with a gently pitched gable roof, stuccoed walls and arched loggias with delicate spiral columns. This distinctive style, generally associated with the work of Mizner, contributed richly to the unique physical character of Boca Raton which remains visible today.
The F.E.C. Railway Passenger Station in Boca Raton was operated until 1968 when passenger service along the line was discontinued. A living testament to the Boom Era in Florida history, the station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and was restored in 1989 by the Boca Raton Historical Society with the generous assistance of the Count and Countess de Hoernle and the widespread support of the community.
Erected 1991 by Phi Alpha Theta, Xi Omega Chapter, Florida Atlantic University in cooperation with the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-331.)
Location. 26° 20.582′ N, Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 747 South Dixie Highway, Boca Raton FL 33432, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boca Raton Town Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Floresta Historic District (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Sanborn Wall (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Zion Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2 miles away); The Barefoot Mailmen (approx. 2.8 miles away); Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Delray Wreck (approx. 7.9 miles away); Nassau Park Historic District (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boca Raton.
Categories. • Architecture • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 15, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.