The Brazilian Court Palm Beach
Turning the Big 9-0
The Brazilian Court Palm Beach Still Keeps Good Company
By Kelly Villasuso
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” In this the year 2016, Mrs. Roosevelt’s words ring truer than ever as we celebrate the 90th birthdays of such glorious works of art as Queen Elizabeth II, crooner Tony Bennett, rock legend Chuck Berry, pioneering feminist Elizabeth Martinez, mogul Hugh Hefner, and broadcast journalist David Attenborough – all of whom continue to make an indelible impact on our world.
The philosophy inherent in Mrs. Roosevelt’s words – simply put, people get better with age, can often be applied to genuine works of art, literature, and architecture, too. Works such as A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, and the final paintings in Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series are but a few examples of works of art and literature that have stood the test of time, awing millions as they mark their 90th birthdays this year, too.
On the architectural front, in South Florida alone, there are three significant works of art also each celebrating their Big 9-0: Boca Raton Resort & Club (to which we paid homage in the summer edition of South Florida Opulence on page 102, “Celebrating 90 Years of Coveted Opulence”), The Biltmore in Coral Gables (to which we will wish cheers in our winter edition), and The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach, to which we wish a very happy birthday below.
The Brazilian Court – If Walls Could Talk, This Birthday Grand Dame’s Would Be Singing
Since its New Year’s Eve launch on January 1, 1926, The Brazilian Court was destined to serve as the eclectic backdrop to the fairytale lives of the uber-rich … and remains so to this day.
Brainchild of Architect Rosario Candela, both the design and the intention of The Brazilian Court stood in stark contrast to other Palm Beach hotels of the time. Instead of Hollywood glamour and ostentation, The Brazilian Court offered serene, classic elegance through Spanish-Mediterranean architecture, rich, intricate Pecky Cypress ceilings, and warm environs. Rather than the expected “see and be seen” atmosphere of America’s Riviera, The Brazilian Court intentionally offered discretion through its lush, meandering grounds and courtyards, and its well-trained staff — its reputation for which repeatedly drew the likes of Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Greta Garbo, Amelia Hearst, Gary Cooper, and Ingrid Bergman.
Careful attention has been paid to preserving the structure, the grounds, and the reputation of this Palm Beach Grand Dame over its 90-year history, and The Brazilian Court continues to be a go-to oasis for today’s rich and famous. As a guest, you can expect to experience the same level of discretion and personal attention as was provided to Cary, Katharine, and Marlon, and more recently to Sophia Vergara before, during, and after her rehearsal dinner at the spectacular Café Boulud of world-renown Chef Daniel Boulud within the hotel. It is easy to imagine such icons ensconced in the beauty of the grounds, dining in elegance … now if only the walls could talk.
A very happy 90th birthday to The Brazilian Court — a mecca of old-world charm, serenity, and discretion in a fast-paced, tell-all, paparazzi world.
The Brazilian Court Palm Beach, 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida 33480, 800.552.0335