White Elephant Palm Beach

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Historic & Heritage
  • Company/Firm
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Elizabeth Lowrey, IIDA, RDI
  • Other Designer(s)
    David Manfredi, FAIA, LEED AP
  • Architect
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Interior Designer
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Hospitality
    White Elephant Resorts
  • Construction Company
    Fine Line Construction
  • Location
    280 Sunset Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida
  • Project Date
    November 1, 2020
  • Developer
    New England Development
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With a century of hospitality imbuing its walls, the new White Elephant Palm Beach celebrates its heritage while asserting a fresh interpretation of Mediterranean revival architecture. Built in the 1920s and designated a landmark in 1980, designers reimagined the four-story hotel creating 13 rooms and 19 suites while respectfully preserving the historic building.
The result is a gracious, luxurious destination that feels residential in scale. In addition to basic structural repairs/ preservation, design highlights include:
• Black-and-white awnings and black trim contrast with a contemporary white stucco finish to highlight classic architecture.
• Interiors express traditional Palm Beach elegance with layers of textures, patterns, and a museum-quality art collection that pops against a palette of soft warm and cool neutrals.
• Historic details were preserved and integrated into the design, including an original fireplace that was restored, moved, and reinstalled to maintain the building’s center axis.
• Designers brought the historic structure to modern standards, such as adding discreet cables behind original scalloped balcony railings with a simple glass addition to the top.