The Coastal Star

Vote for favorite sites in architecture contest

                  The most popular Florida building may be in our neighborhood.

                  Results of an online poll of the state’s top 100 architectural buildings in the “Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places” competition will be revealed in mid-April, says Deborah L. Nichols, chapter director for the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and coordinator of the contest in this region.

                  The competition identifies 100 buildings (actually 109, narrowed down from 250 entries) and places across the state that represent the best in architectural achievement. They range from the Wentworth Museum in Pensacola to the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.

                  The list includes four buildings in Coastal Star territory — Boca Raton Town Hall, Gulf Stream Golf Club in Gulf Stream, the Colony Hotel and Virginia Courteney’s house in Delray Beach.

                  It’s all is part of AIA Florida’s 100th anniversary celebration.

                  “We’re hoping to open a dialogue on the architecture in our community,” said Nichols, a West Palm Beach architect.

                  Anyone can vote at www.aiafltop100.org through April 6. People can vote for as many buildings as they choose and as often as they like.

— Mary Thurwachter

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