Most people in North Palm Beach know the country club as it stands today. However, I have spoken with a few people who know very little (if anything) about the old building. Unless you were able to attend the club prior to the eighties, you may not have seen the old building. Although it was torn down, it is listed in the United States registry of historical places.
Below is a photo of the Winter Club, most likely taken in the late 1970s:
The North Palm Beach country club was originally housed in a Mediterranean-style building that was constructed by Harry Kelsey in 1925. Designed by the French architect, Louis De Puyseger, it was known as the Palm Beach Winter Club. The area that would one day become the Village of North Palm Beach was originally in Harry Kelsey’s land holdings.
Pictured below is a photo of Harry Kelsey standing in front of his Winter Home:
Kelsey then sold the Winter Club to Sir Harry Oakes, who added a south wing onto the building. Beginning in the 1950s, it changed hands numerous times (at one time it was owned by John D. MacArthur) until the Village purchased it in 1962. The mansion was approved as a historical site, but it was torn down in the 1980s. The opening ceremony for the new country club was held in 1963; the old Winter Club stood nearby for some time until it was finally tucked away into the pages of history.
Below is a photo of the opening ceremony of the new country club:
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