Donald W. Curl


When Paris Singer established the Everglades Club, he changed forever the nature of Palm Beach as a winter resort. Until 1918 social life centered on the Flagler hotels and the Beach Club, Colonel Edward Bradley’s gambling casino. In the period after World War I, when growing wealth allowed America’s middle class to plan winter vacations, society found its exclusiveness threatened. Almost anyone who could afford it could register at the Royal Poinciana, the Breakers, or the Palm Beach Hotel. The Everglades Club, with its expensive restricted membership, allowed for a new definition of society in the winter resort.