he Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the unique environment of the Town of Palm Beach and to educating residents about our special heritage.
We are a locally organized private group with a board of trustees who resides in the community. The Preservation Foundation fulfills its goals through a variety of well-tested programs.
The Preservation Foundation interacts with the town government to support programs and policies that encourage preservation of Palm Beach's historic architecture and maintenance of the residential quality of our landmarks. Property tax abatement for historic landmarks, accurate appraisal information for historic homes, and consultant studies for management of redevelopment pressures are among the public issue campaigns the Preservation foundation has funded.
Membership programs include tours, lectures, and social events as well as a regular newsletter and other publications. The foundation also maintains Pan's Garden, a public half-acre plus botanical garden showcasing native Florida plants displayed in upland and wetland habitats. The Earl E. T. Smith Preservation Park provides a public pocket park in the town's historic town square.
Education programs for children are offered at the Little Red School House, the oldest one room schoolhouse in southeast Florida, at Pan's Garden, and at local schools. The Foundation's architectural history library, an educational resource for residents, researchers, and building professionals, houses over 30,000 original plans from eminent Palm Beach architects and a number of printed materials on historic preservation.
The Preservation Foundation accepts donations of facade or scenic easements in order to preserve important elements of the Town's architectural or landscape heritage, funds ongoing programs for Town beautification such as "Bring Back the Palms," and has funded the award winning restorations of both Sea Gull Cottage, the Town's oldest house, and the historic Town Hall.
Volunteer opportunities are available for Preservation Foundation programs and membership is open to all.
For information call (561) 832-0731.