By Ron Hayes
The Boynton Beach Woman’s Club has reluctantly offered to deed its historic, 85-year-old building to the city because it can no longer afford the $70,000 annual operating budget.
The all-volunteer club supports itself by renting the building for weddings and other social events.
Mayor Jose Rodriguez, who brought up the offer at last month’s City Commission meeting, said the 103-year-old club had originally offered to sell the building and he had responded by suggesting a deed transfer.
The full commission has not yet to put the offer on its agenda for discussion.
The Mediterranean Revival building was designed in 1925 by famed Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner, who agreed to donate his services if the cost did not exceed $50,000. A cornerstone was laid in 1932 and the property dedicated to Major Nathan Smith Boynton.
Originally used as the town library, it has been home to the Woman’s Club since 1961 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Last year, the building’s market value was assessed at $549,393.