An Architectural Gem Rediscovered

August 13th, 2013

Finally, a comprehensive, fully illustrated book on Florida’s famous Singing Tower, “Bok Tower and Gardens, America’s Taj Mahal”. This site was one of Florida’s principal attractions in the first half of the 20th century. It is an example of the Golden Age of Architecture, among the worlds most beautiful buildings. Located on a hilltop among orange groves in the center of the state near Lake Wales, its creation was a gift to the public from one of America’s early 20th Century publishing geniuses, Edward Bok (Ladies Home Journal). The beautiful gardens were designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, Jr. (whose father had designed Central Park), and the tower housing the carillon was designed by Milton Bennett Medary in what author, Kenneth Treister identifies as the “National Romantic Style”. Mr. Treister was aided in his research by David Price, president of The Bok Tower Gardens Foundation. With a forward by Derek Bok, grandson of Edward Bok and former president of Harvard and an epilogue by Florida Governor and Senator, Bob Graham, the book at last fills a void by exploring in detail a treasure that identified with the mystique of Florida in the first half of the 20th Century.
My contribution to the book was the photography which the publisher, Rizolli, reproduced with the utmost care. The coffee table book will be released nationwide in October but can be found today at the Bok Tower & Gardens Center on-site.

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