West Palm Beach City, Palm Beach County, Florida (FL) 33401

West Palm Beach City

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West Palm Beach City Hall is located at 401 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Phone: 561‑822‑1299.


Norton House

Neighborhoods

  • Belvedere Heights
  • Flamingo Park Historic Residential District
  • Grandview Heights Historic District
  • Mango Promenade Historic District
  • Abbey Park
  • Abbey Park Gardens
  • Acacia Gardens
  • Acacia Villa
  • Acrehome Park
  • Adams
  • Addis Ababa Addition
  • Alhambra Park
  • Alicia
  • Almeria Addition
  • Andover Condos
  • Andros Isle
  • Anna Johns Estates
  • Annunziata Palm Beach Farms
  • Anthony Groves
  • Arbours Palm Beaches
  • Arlington Place
  • Avondale
  • Bahama Heights
  • Banyan Lakes
  • Barristers Bldg Condos
  • Bay Hill Commons
  • Bay Hill Estates
  • Baywinds
  • Beach Shores
  • Bear Island
  • Bear Lakes Estates North
  • Belair Historic District
  • Belle Vue Addition
  • Belvedere Court
  • Belvedere Isles
  • Belvedere Park
  • Bethesda Park
  • Beymers
  • Blue Heron
  • Bonnyview
  • Boundbrook
  • Breakers West
  • Breakwaters
  • Breckenridge
  • Brelsford
  • Brelsford Park
  • Briar Bay
  • Briarwood Condos
  • Briarwood North
  • Brittany Village
  • Broadmoor
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Bunker Hill Addition
  • Caloosa Addition
  • Cam Estates
  • Camden Condos
  • Canal Road Addition
  • Cannongate
  • Canterbury Condos
  • Carlberg Court
  • Carleton Oaks
  • Central Park Addition
  • Central Park Historic District
  • Century Village
  • Charter Club
  • Chatham Condos
  • Chelsea of Wedgewood Condos
  • Cherry Lane
  • City Palms
  • Cityplace
  • Cityside Condos
  • Classics at Bear Lakes
  • Clear Lake Palms
  • Clematis Street Commercial Historic District
  • Cleveland Grove Acres
  • Cloud Lake
  • Clows Addition
  • Collinwood Heights
  • Colonial Estates
  • Colony
  • Congress Heights
  • Connemara Condos
  • Consulate Condos
  • Convention Center Townhomes
  • Country Club Park
  • Country Grove Condos
  • Courtyards at Cityplace
  • Cove at Briar Bay
  • Coventry Condos
  • Cresthaven
  • Cresthaven Villas
  • Cross Creek
  • Cypress Estates
  • Cypress Lakes
  • Cypress Trail Condos
  • Dellawana Place
  • Dillman Heights
  • Dillman Park
  • Dover Condos
  • Drew Manor
  • Dryden
  • Ducks Nest
  • Dunbar Terrace
  • Dunes Towers Condos
  • East of Olive
  • Easthampton Condos
  • Eastpointe
  • Echo Lake
  • Eden Place Condos
  • Edge Condos
  • Edgewater
  • Edgewater Park
  • Edmor Estates Addition
  • El Cid
  • El Cid Historic District
  • Ellamar
  • Elmwood Estates
  • Elwa Place
  • Embassy Park
  • Emerald Dunes
  • Emerald Isle
  • Emory Villas East
  • Envoy Condos
  • Essex Lane
  • Estates of Baywinds
  • Estates of Lake Clarke Shores
  • Estates of South Palm Beach
  • Eton House
  • Fairview Villas
  • Falcon Green
  • Federal Gardens
  • Fergusson Court
  • Fernwood
  • Flagler Landing
  • Flagler Manor
  • Flagler Pointe
  • Flagler Promenade
  • Flagler Yacht Club Condos
  • Flamango Lake West
  • Florida Mango Estates
  • Florida Mango Grovelets
  • Forest Estates
  • Forest Glen
  • Forest Hill Club Condos
  • Forest Hill Gardens
  • Forest Hill Park
  • Forest Hill Village
  • Forest Hill Villas Gardens
  • Forest Homes
  • Forest Lakes
  • Forest Manor
  • Forest Ridge Park
  • Foxhall
  • Foxwood Estates
  • Frenchmens Landing
  • Freshwater Addition
  • Garden Hills
  • Georgetown Condos
  • Gladeport
  • Glenwood Village
  • Golden Lakes Village
  • Golf View Heights
  • Golfs Edge Condos
  • Golfview Heights
  • Gramercy Park
  • Grand Isles
  • Grandview Heights Historic District
  • Grant Park Addition
  • Green Terrace Condos
  • Greenview Cove
  • Griffin Square
  • Grovedale Park
  • Gun Club Estates
  • Hamilton Bay
  • Harbor Towers
  • Harmony Heights
  • Hastings Condos
  • Haverhill Acres Addition
  • Haverhill Homesites
  • Haverhill Riding Estates
  • Haverhill Road Condos
  • Heritage Village
  • Highlands Center
  • Hillside Park
  • Historic Northwood
  • Homewood
  • Humani Court
  • Ibis
  • Ibis
  • Ibis Golf And Country Club
  • Independence Cove
  • Independence Point
  • Indian Plaza Condos
  • Inlet Grove
  • Ironhorse
  • Ironhorse Country Club
  • Ironhorse Sanctuary
  • Jamestown Condos
  • Jonathans Cove
  • Kelly Addition
  • Kenwood
  • Kirklington Park
  • Knollwood Club
  • Knotty Pine Acres
  • Knowles Court Addition
  • La Fontana
  • Lafayette Park
  • Laguna Park
  • Lake Belvedere Estates
  • Lake Clarke
  • Lake Clarke Heights
  • Lake Clarke Isle
  • Lake Clarke Manor
  • Lake Clarke North
  • Lake Clarke Shores
  • Lake Clarke Waterway Estates
  • Lake Clarke West
  • Lake Colony
  • Lake Forest Park
  • Lake Harbor Cove Condos
  • Lake Harbour Towers
  • Lake Harbour Towers East
  • Lake Mango Shores
  • Lake Mangonia
  • Lake Patrick
  • Lake Place
  • Lake Ridge Park
  • Lakes of Laguna
  • Lakeshore Club Condos
  • Lakeside Green
  • Lakeview Park Addition
  • Lakeview Ridge
  • Lakewood
  • Lands of the Presidents
  • Lang Acres
  • Larson Addition
  • Lauraville
  • Lawn Lake
  • Lena Lane West
  • Lewis Shore Estates
  • Liberty Bay
  • Liberty Isles
  • Lincoln Park
  • Links at Emerald Dunes Condos
  • Lone Pine Estates
  • Mackle Park
  • Madden Lake
  • Maddock
  • Magnolia Court
  • Maheu Estates
  • Majestic Towers
  • Mango Promenade
  • Mangonia Hills
  • Mangonia Park
  • Marguerita Villas
  • Mariners Cove
  • Marsh Harbour
  • Martinique
  • Mayan Towers
  • Mayan Towers North
  • Meadow Park
  • Meadowbrook
  • Mediterranea
  • Melaleuca Estates
  • Mercer Park
  • Merlin Park
  • Metropolitan Condos
  • Mezzano Condos
  • Milano Condos
  • Military Hill
  • Military Park
  • Millers Pines
  • Miramar
  • Miramar Park
  • Miramar Shores
  • Monceaux
  • Monmouth Estates
  • Monroe Heights
  • Morningside Park
  • My Place Condo
  • Normandy Village
  • North Landing
  • North Palm Beach
  • North Shore
  • North Shore Terrace
  • North Tamarind
  • North Wood Harbor
  • Northboro Park Historic District
  • Northmore Addition
  • Northview Addition
  • Northwest Historic District
  • Northwood
  • Northwood Harbor
  • Northwood Hills
  • Northwood Pines
  • Northwood Shores
  • Norton Park Place
  • Norwich Condos
  • Oakton Preserve
  • Oceans Edge at Singer Island
  • Oceantree Condos
  • Old Northwood Historic District
  • Olive Tree
  • One City Plaza Condos
  • One Watermark Place
  • Opabola Square
  • Orchid Lane
  • Orchid Reserve Condos
  • Osprey Isles
  • Overbrook
  • Paddock Park
  • Palisades
  • Palm Acres Estates
  • Palm Beach Country Estates
  • Palm Beach Farms
  • Palm Beach Gardens
  • Palm Beach Grande
  • Palm Beach Heights
  • Palm Beach House
  • Palm Beach Lakes
  • Palm Beach Lakes North
  • Palm Beach Lakes South
  • Palm Beach Place
  • Palm Beach Shores
  • Palm Beach Square
  • Palm Club
  • Palm Club East
  • Palm Club Village
  • Palm Club Village
  • Palm Club West
  • Palm Club West Village
  • Palm Estates
  • Palm Harbor
  • Palm Hill Condos
  • Palm Hill Villas
  • Palm Lake Condos
  • Palm Lake Coop
  • Palm Lake Villas
  • Palm Ridge Estates
  • Palma Park
  • Palmbrooke
  • Paradise Cove
  • Park Manor
  • Park Place
  • Park Place Townhomes
  • Park Ridge
  • Parker Ridge
  • Parkside Green
  • Parkview Place
  • Parliament Condos
  • Parliament Golf Villas
  • Pershing Park Lake Addition
  • Pheasant Run
  • Phillips Point Addition
  • Phoenix Towers
  • Pine Air
  • Pine Glen at Abbey Park
  • Pine Hollow
  • Pine Lake
  • Pine Ridge at Haverhill
  • Pine Ridge North
  • Pine Ridge North Vil
  • Pinewood
  • Pinewood Condos
  • Pinewood Park
  • Pipers Cay
  • Placido Mar
  • Plantation Mobile Home Estates
  • Plantation Village
  • Pleasant City
  • Pleasant City Addition
  • Poinsettia Park
  • Polo Club Estates
  • Ponte Verde
  • Portofino North
  • Portofino South
  • Portosol
  • Presidential Estates
  • Presidential Golfview
  • Price Lake
  • Prospect Park
  • Prospect Park South
  • Prospect Park West
  • Prospect Park-Southland Park Historic District
  • Providence Park
  • Purdy Lane Estates
  • Quail Hollow
  • Railway Addition
  • Ranch House Estates
  • Rapallo North
  • Rapallo South
  • Regents Place
  • Renaissance
  • River Bridge
  • Riverwalk
  • Rivewalk
  • Riviera Beach Heights
  • Rolling Hills
  • Roosevelt Estates
  • Rosedale Addition
  • Rosemont
  • Royal Forest
  • Royal Palm
  • Royal Palm Estates
  • Rustic Lakes
  • Sagewood
  • Sail Harbor
  • Salisbury
  • San Michele
  • Sandalwood
  • Sandalwood Lakes
  • Sandalwood Lakes South
  • Sandpiper Village
  • Santa Lucia
  • Santrys
  • Saratoga at Royal Palm
  • Saratoga Bay
  • Saratoga Pointe
  • Sea Dunes
  • Seawinds Condos
  • Seminole Colony Condos
  • Seminole Heights
  • Seville
  • Shadowlawn
  • Sheffield Condos
  • Sherwood Village Condos
  • Shoma
  • Shoma Courtyards
  • Sierra West
  • Silver Beach Acres
  • Sky Ranch
  • Slade
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Sloans
  • Somerset
  • Sonoma Bay
  • South End
  • South End
  • South Lake Clarke
  • South Palm Beach Estates
  • South Trail Park
  • Southboro Park
  • Southbridge Condos
  • Southdale
  • Southerly Hill
  • Southland Park
  • Southland Park Addition
  • Southside
  • Southwind
  • Southwood Heights
  • Spa at Sunset Isles
  • Spencer Lakes
  • Spencer Lakes
  • St Andrews
  • St Anns Roman Catholic Church Historic District
  • Stamford
  • Sterling
  • Sterling Villages
  • Stonehaven
  • Stonehaven Estates
  • Stonwall Estates
  • Strand
  • Suburban Homes
  • Sugar Pond Manor
  • Sugar Sands Condos
  • Summit Lake
  • Summit Pines
  • Summit Run
  • Summit Trails
  • Summit Villas
  • Sunbeam Park
  • Sunny Palms Villas
  • Sunshine Park
  • Sunshine Park
  • Sunterra
  • Sussex
  • Tahoe
  • Tamarind Park
  • Taylor Estates
  • Terracina
  • The Courtyards at Cityplace
  • The Cove
  • The Edge Condos
  • The Enclave at Breakers West
  • The Pines
  • The Prado
  • The Resort at Singer Island
  • The Sterling
  • The Strand
  • The Whitney
  • Thousand Pines
  • Thousand Pines Estates
  • Tiffany Lake Condos
  • Timberline
  • Toledo
  • Towner Park Rep
  • Trail Acres
  • Trails End Villas
  • Tree Lake
  • Trianon
  • Tropical Villas at Forest Hill
  • Turtle Cay
  • Vedado
  • Vedado Historic District
  • Ventura
  • Ventura Greens
  • Via Jardin Condo
  • Victoria Grove
  • Victoria Woods
  • Viking Arms
  • Villa Del Lago
  • Villa Lofts
  • Village of Sandalwoo
  • Villages of Palm Beach Lakes
  • Villas at Emerald Dunes
  • Villas of Ironhorse
  • Virginia Terrace
  • Vista Del Lago
  • Vista Encanto
  • Washington Heights
  • Water Glades
  • Waters Edge
  • Waterside
  • Waterview Towers
  • Waterways
  • Wedgewood
  • Wellesley at Lake Clarke Shores
  • Wellington View
  • Wenonah Place
  • West Gate Estates
  • West Northwood Historic District
  • Westchester Townhomes
  • Westfield
  • Westfield
  • Westgate
  • Westward Ho
  • Westwoods
  • Whippoorwill Lakes
  • Whispering Oaks
  • Whispering Pines
  • White Caps
  • Whitehall Condos
  • Whitney Condos
  • Willa Park
  • Willfred Park
  • Wilshire West Condos
  • Wilson Estates
  • Wind in The Pines
  • Windjammer Cove
  • Woodbridge Lakes
  • Woodcrest
  • Wooded Acres
  • Woodland Heights
  • Woodlawn
  • Woodstock
  • Worthington
  • Worthington Estates
  • Wynnewood Acres
  • Yacht Club Towers
  • Yacht Harbor Manor
  • Yorktown
  • Yorktown Condo

West Palm Beach as Described in 1939 [1]

West Palm Beach occupies a ribbon of land 8 miles long and approximately 2 miles wide along the western shore of Lake Worth. Although it is the business and railroad center for Palm Beach on the opposite shore, West Palm Beach, with its large hotels and recreational facilities, is a popular winter resort in its own right. Three ornamental bridges and a ferry connect the two communities.

Coconut palms flourish throughout the business and residential districts; thousands more are set out every year by civic organizations. Bicycles are a popular means of conveyance, but in the closely built-up business area, motorcar congestion has necessitated extensive one-way traffic regulations. Through traffic, southbound, passes over the Old Dixie Highway, and northbound, over US 1, one block to the east. Curio shops display articles fashioned locally of native woods, grasses, shells, and clays. Among the winter attractions is the sailfish fleet, with bases on both sides of the lake, which carries anglers to the Gulf Stream fishing grounds.

A small proportion of the population is of Scandinavian origin, descendants of artisans who were brought here to build the first Palm Beach hotels; others are descendants of New Englanders whose forbears pioneered the district. Blacks live in a colony west of the railroad and find employment as field hands, as gardeners and housemen on Palm Beach estates, and in the hotels of both cities during the winter season.

In 1880, Irving R. Henry homesteaded 130 acres of land embracing all of the present business section. His application for registry stated that his nearest neighbor was 3 miles away, that most of his land was a sandy waste encumbered with swamps, and that he had improved 5 acres at a cost of $500. Thirteen years later Henry Flagler, pioneer railroad builder, having selected the island opposite as the site of his new resort, Palm Beach, purchased Henry's tract and developed it as the commercial section of the new community.

Streets were laid out through the flatwoods; waterworks and other improvements were installed; a post office and schools were established. Stores sprang up rapidly, particularly after the coming of Flagler's East Coast Railway in 1893. When the settlement was incorporated in 1894, it had a population of approximately 1,000, composed almost wholly of workers engaged in building the Royal Poinciana Hotel at Palm Beach.

Wishing to exclude all business enterprises from Palm Beach, Flagler proposed to develop the new town merely as an adjunct to his fashionable colony, but West Palm Beach has long since outgrown its subsidiary position. Until Lake Worth was spanned in 1895, passengers leaving trains in West Palm Beach were ferried across to Palm Beach hotels. The wooden railroad bridge was replaced with the concrete Flager Memorial Bridge in 1938.

In 1909 Palm Beach County was created by division of Dade County, and West Palm Beach was designated as the county seat. Although the population grew from 1,700 in 1910 to more than 8,000 in 1920, it retained the atmosphere of a small town. In 1924-1926, West Palm Beach shared in the real-estate boom. Approximately 100,000 visitors stormed the city and vicinity, many remaining to become permanent residents. Accommodations were inadequate in spite of the erection of 4,000 new houses, hotels, and apartments. Lots in the outskirts originally priced at $250, sold for $1,000, and then soared to $50,000. The population increased to 30,000. For a time the city limits, expanded to include mushroom developments laid out in flatwoods and on built-up swampy areas, embraced 11 miles of Lake Worth waterfront and included part of the Everglades.

Two projects contributed materially to the city's steady growth. In 1925-26 the West Palm beach Canal, extending from Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic, made the community a local point of the Everglades reclamation district. In addition to drainage facilities, the canal, deepest and widest in Florida, provided a short water route for small craft between the lake and east coast resorts. At the same time the Seaboard Air Line Railway built its cross-State extension, linking Tampa with the east coast cities; this line opened a rich and hitherto neglected agricultural territory, and West Palm Beach became the outlet for its products.

Tourist trade supplies the major part of the city's income, and the sailfish fleets provide a livelihood for a large number of people.

Tropical storms occasionally sweep the Palm Beaches; those of 1926 and 1928 were notably destructive, but loss of life was largely confined to the region around Lake Okeechobee.

  1. Federal Works Agency, Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Program, Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, American Guide Series, Florida Department of Public Instruction, 1939.

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