By Jane Smith
The Community Redevelopment Agency board members agreed in late September to purchase the 91-year-old Boynton Woman’s Club building even after hearing the inspection results: The building has termites and needs a new roof.
The $110,000 sales price is a good deal for the agency, whose board members also sit as Boynton Beach city commissioners. The agency staff had the historic building appraised in May, when it was valued at $2.4 million.
“There are no major surprises,” said Michael Simon, executive director of the agency. The board agreed to purchase the building in an “as is” condition, with $200,000 for the needed maintenance available in the current financial year budget.
The club will use the money to continue its 40-year-old scholarship program for high school seniors.
The building was designed by famed architect Addison Mizner.
In 1925, Boynton Woman’s Club members had used $35,000 from Maj. Nathan Boynton’s heirs to construct the two-story building with hardwood floors, French windows and doors and curved arches. The next year, the structure opened and serves as an example of the Mediterranean Revival style of architecture with original wrought iron work.
The 16,262-square-foot building is on the National Register of Historic Places and the city’s register of historic places.