Old Northwood Historic District

Old Northwood Historic District (HM1LA2)

Location: West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Palm Beach County
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N 26° 44.676', W 80° 3.271'

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In 1884, The Reverend Elbridge Gale retired to the area later to be known as Old Northwood. He was the first to build a cabin on the west side of Lake Worth. Gale grew mango trees and one of his trees became the first grafted Mangonia to bear fruit. The well know Haden variety was developed from the seeds of this tree. Gale's home was known as Mangonia. During the Florida land boom of the 1920's the pinewood development company led by David M. Dunkle purchased 400 acres and 173 contributing structures were built between 1921 and 1929 consisting of Frame Vernacular, Mission-Style and Mediterranean Homes. Over 50 individual builders built at least one house in the area. Notable architects include John Volk, William Manley King, and T.B. Eissfeldt. One of the districts most unique features is the network of alleys that allow access to garages and other services. Old Northwood remained a prestigious middle-class neighborhood into the 1960s. After 2 decades of blight the Old Northwood Neighborhood Association was formed in 1987. Old Northwood became the first designated historic district in West Palm Beach in 1991 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

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Sponsored by the Old Northwood Neighborhood Association and the Florida Department of State
HM NumberHM1LA2
Marker NumberF-586
Year Placed2006
Placed ByOld Northwood Neighborhood Association and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 10:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 594019 N 2958496
Decimal Degrees26.74460000, -80.05451667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 44.676', W 80° 3.271'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 44' 40.56" N, 80° 3' 16.26" W
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Area Code(s)561, 352
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3510 Spruce Ave, West Palm Beach FL 33407, US
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