Historic Markers Across Florida

Palm Beach Junior Collage

Marker ID: FLHM F-346
Location: 813 Gardenia St, West Palm Beach, FL
County: Palm Beach
Coordinates: N 26° 42.582    W 080° 03.621
  26.7097    -80.06035
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7HJV


(Side 1)
This Mediterranean Revival style building housed Palm Beach College, Florida's first public community college, when it was established here in 1933. The college outgrew these facilities after the Second World War and moved in 1948 to Morrison Field, a U.S. Army Air Base, renovated to accommodate the influx of students in peace time. In 1955 the college relocated to it's present site in Lake Worth.

Among the civic leaders were Palm Beach County Superintendent of Schools Joseph A. Youngblood and Palm Beach high school Principal Howell L. Watkins. The college served as a model for the state-wide system of Junior Colleges. Three students were in the first graduating class of 1936. In 1936 John I Leonard became the first president of the Palm Beach Junior Collage

(Side 2)
William manly King(1886-1961), a noted West Palm Beach architect, designed this building in the Mediterranean Revival style so popular in Florida in the 1020's. The design complemented the adjacent Palm Beach High School campus and this building was occupied in 1927. As architect for the Palm Beach County Board of Public Instruction he designed numerous hotels in West Palm Beach, the National Guard Armory(1939), the Hibiscus Garden Apartments(1926) and the seal for the City of West Palm Beach.

In June, 1991 the building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Mediterranean Revival classroom building continued to serve the needs of the School Board and in November, 1991 it was returned to Palm Beach Community College. The College Foundation undertook the challenge of restoring the building for the continuing education of citizens on our community.

This historical marker is dedicated to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Palm Beach Community College, 1933-1993

The Palm Beach Community Collage Foundation
and the Florida Department of State


City: West Palm Beach, FL

Wikipedia - Palm Beach State College