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Old Northwood Historic District

Marker ID: FLHM F-586
Location: on Spruce Ave between 34th and 35th Streets, West Palm Beach, FL.
County: Palm Beach
Coordinates: N 26° 44.676    W 080° 03.272
  26.7446    -80.05453333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7HMX


Old Northwood Historic District

In 1884, The Reverend Elbridge Gale retired to the area later to be known as Old Northwood. He was the first to build a cabin on the West side of Lake Worth. Gale grew mango trees and one of his trees became the first grafted Maggonia to bear fruit. The well known Haden variety was developed from the seeds of this tree. Gale's home was known as Maggonia. During the Florida Land Boom of the 1920's the Pinewood Development Company led by David F. Dunkle purchased 400 acres and 173 contributing structures were built between 1921 and 1929 consisting of Frame Vernacular, Mission-style, and Mediterranean homes. Over 5 individual builders built at least one house in the area. Notable architects include John Volk, William Manley King, and T.B. Eissfeldt. One of the districts most unique features is the network of alleys that allow access to garages and other services. Old Northwood Association was formed in 1987. Old Northwood became the first designed historic district in West Palm Beach in 1991 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

A Florida Heritage Site
The old Northwood Neighborhood Association
and The Florida Department of the State


City: West Palm Beach, FL