Boomtime Boca: Boca Raton in the 1920s
Boca Raton, Florida, was a tiny farming community on
the southeastern coast of Florida when the state's 1920s real estate boom grew into a national phenomenon. Investors and new residents were drawn to the state from all over the country, a time Floridians referred to as "the Boom." In April 1925, well-known Palm Beach society architect Addison Mizner revealed his plans for an ambitious new
development in Boca Raton. The plans included a gigantic oceanfront hotel, elegant mansions, golf and polo grounds, and palm-lined boulevards. The popularity of Mizner's projects stimulated many similar developments within the region, increasing the population of the town from 100 to several hundred residents. By the fall of 1926, however, the
Florida land boom came to an end. Boca Raton returned, for the most part, to its small-town agricultural heritage by 1930. By the end of the 20th century, boomtime dreams were fully realized and Boca Raton became one of Florida's most prestigious addresses.
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A. H. Brooks Addison Mizner Administration Building advertisement beautiful Boca Raton Club Boca Raton Historical Boca Raton Resort Boca's BRHS bridge Buddy Gates built Camino Real Carl Douglas Casa Rosa Clarence Geist Cloister Garden constructed courtyard Delray demolished dining room Dixie Highway dredging early East Coast Canal East Coast Railway featured Federal Highway Florida East Coast Florida land boom golf courses guests Harriette Gates Hillsboro Canal inlet Intracoastal Waterway investors Lake Boca Raton landscaping left to right located looking south main entrance Mizner Development Corporation Mizner Industries Mizner's plans ocean original Cloister Palm Beach Post Palmetto Park Road Photograph by A. H. Polo Raton Historical Society residents Resort and Club reveals Ritz Carlton Schultze and Weaver south of Palmetto Spanish-style station streets tile Town Hall town of Boca town's view shows Villa Rica West Palm Beach western facade