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Payson Place: 1940

Payson Place: 1940

January 13, 1940. "Charles S. Payson residence in Hobe Sound, Florida. Entrance facade, horizontal, windows closed. Beatrice Stewart Inc., decorator. Treanor & Fatio, architect." 5x7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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Let’s Go Mets

Mrs. Charles S. Payson (Joan) was the original principal owner of the New York Mets.

Any more like this?

I'd love to see the interior of this grand house.

[Click here for more. -Dave]


This is a VERY interesting architect-designed structure, sitting pretty much on the border between late Art Deco and Art Moderne. Give it a few more rounded corners, and it'd be right on the pig's back in Streamline Moderne.

Modern Times

What a great example of mid-40's modern movement that house is.

We forget that besides the hotels in South Beach and other areas of Florida, there are many excellent examples of these homes throughout the state, usually with concrete block construction and covered in cement stucco. Termite, fire, and (pretty near) storm-proof.

I note the insets and designs on the facade walls to keep it from being blank and boring, the second-floor balcony permitted by the design's flat roofs, and the fireplace chimney, probably the only source of heat in the whole house for those occasional frosty Florida mornings.

The price for a waterfront property like that would be in the millions today; due in part, no doubt, to the architecture. This picture is a keeper.

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