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The Boca Raton Resort & Club, opened February 6, 1926 as the Cloister Inn. Originally designed by Addison Mizner, the Ritz-Carlton Investment Corporation became involved and wanted the oceanfront hotel redesigned, so construction began on the then-smaller 100 room inn on the west side of Lake Boca Raton. Throughout the Florida land boom of the 1920s, Mizner visioned and began to plan Boca Raton as a major resort destination. The resort didn't gain a full-service country club until the acquisition of the Boca Country Club. When the real estate bubble's following economic depression ended, Philadelphia utility millionaire Clarence H. Geist purchased the inn in 1927, and expanded it into the Boca Raton Club. Architectural firm, Schultze and Weaver doubled the inn's size, and a cabana club was constructed.
Subsequently, the U.S. Army used the club as barracks during World War II. Touted by officials as "the most elegant barracks in history," it housed soldiers during the Boca Raton Army Air Field's operation.
Within post-war times, the Boca Raton Club's ownership and name were changed. The Schine family purchased the club in 1944, renaming it the Boca Hotel and Club. While it was affectionately known on brochures as The Boca Raton, the resort was part of the identical Schine portfolio which included the Biltmore and McAllister hotels.
Arthur Vining Davis, whose Arvida Corporation had been responsible for modernizing the hotel. Opening the Boca Raton Club Tower in 1969, the building is still considerably taller than any other building in southern Palm Beach County. In addition, its famous "Boca pink" color has made it more famous than its stature of 300 feet and is commonly referred to as the "pink #bocahistoricalsociety #schinefamily #addisonmizner #eclecticstyle #florida #bocaraton #plaster #armybarracks #ceiling #design #waldorfastoria #20thcentrury #details #twentiethcentury #thepinkhotel #bocahistory #hoteltour #palmbeachcounty #southflorida #arthurviningdavis #resort #lookingup #bocaratonhotel #iambocaraton #historicalsouthernflorida #clarencegeist #international #architecture