Last week, the Town of Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission approved, by a 4-3 vote, to allow the demolition of the John Volk-designed house at 323 Chilean Avenue. In a nutshell, everything wrong with Palm Beach can be summed up by this decision. The Landmarks Preservation Commission is appointed by the Town Council to protect the town’s history and substantial architectural heritage. That is their job. Based on this decision, the LPC should be disbanded. The Town is broken, and here’s why ...
James Sved, who is running for a Town Council seat in the March 13 election, has named utility undergrounding, finances, shore protection, and protecting the town’s lifestyle as his priorities.
A cast-stone cherub head recently came home to Palm Beach after spending 30 years in Virginia, California and Washington, D.C. In 1987, resident James Sved rescued the 12-inch, 25-pound stone piece from demolition at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. That’s when a wing was demolished from the north side of Whitehall during a restoration at the museum. Sved has kept “the little fellow,” as he calls it, ever since.
I almost fell over when I opened my mail to find a full color, two-page piece of propaganda touting the success of the restored Mizner fountain. I know a thing or two about restoring that fountain: I spearheaded its restoration in 1990 with a $9,000 grant from the state Historic Preservation Office.
The ability to combine your work and your passion is something that we all aim for and James has certainly managed to do that. As an architectural historian he now spends his time looking for former sites of human occupation at the bottom of our oceans!
That includes “lots and lots of alcohol bottles,” says James E. Sved, the on-site project manager and architect for URS Construction Services, the contractor for the city’s future downtown transportation hub. Sved, who has a degree in architectural history, says he’s been uncovering the “spaghetti-like history” buried beneath the century-old train station and the area that surrounds it. “I love this stuff,” Sved says.