Friday, December 24, 2010

Florida History: Boca Raton's Camino Real and its Rio connection

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The Miami News in 1925 reported on the work of Mizner Development Corporation in lofty language reflecting the dreams - and efforts - of architect Addison Cairns Mizner (1872-1933) for a grand resort community in Boca Raton.

Part of that dream was Camino Real, a road  leading to the proposed project:

When the holdings of the concern [Mizner Development Corp.] were a vast jungle a few months ago, an embryonic plan was conceived by Mr. Mizner which included the installation at Boca Raton of one of the finest boulevards in North America  – “Camino Real,” - patterned after the Botofogo at Rio de Janiero, Brazil. This street is now being graded and leveled and already more than four miles of it are ready for paving. It will be shaded by thousands of royal palms, its center will be a series of lagoons …

The Mizner Development Corporation fell into bankruptcy in the fall of 1926, but not before a toned down version of Mizner’s dream, the Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn, today’s Boca Raton Resort and Club, opened (February, 1926). It sits at the east end of the palm tree-lined Camino Real, a beautiful but subdued rendition of Mizner's original plan.

Miami News, "Strides Made by Boca Raton in Sixth Months," Nov. 7, 1925
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For more in depth information, visit the Boca Raton Historical Society.
Tags: Boca Raton Hotel, Boca Raton Resort and Club, Camino Real in Boca, Addison Mizner

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