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The Palm Beach County Historical Society, I understand have photos of El Mirasol. Not sure if they would let you use them. The photos were actual black and white snapshots some one took in El Mirasols heyday.
Long ago they had a room with a display of old Palm Beach estates designed by Mizner in the Henry M Flagler Museum called Whitehall in Palm Beach Fl.
If I remember properly there were interior and exterior shots of the house. I asked the Whitehall museum staff what had become of the photos and they told me that room was used by the historical society.
Great website! Was just in Bar Harbor and got to see the the former site of the Stotesbury home.
Posted on: Tuesday - Jul 21, 2015
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Name: William David
Location: Michigan
Just read the WHERE ARE THEY NOW page about the exterior carvings.
So- the fragments were 'trash' that anyone could carry off? Isn't that marble plaque property of the state or ...? Wouldn't any such items be considered stolen property today?
Seems crazy that anyone could just take whatever pieces they wanted.
Reply: Unfortunately, many fragments of the house remained strewn about on the privately owned property for several years after the great house was demolished in 1980. Some pieces were salvaged and sold off by the demolition company and/or the developer; others were picked up by souvenir hunters and decorate a few gardens or living rooms today. At least a few pieces were saved, one way or another.

Such is the tragedy of abandoned mansions in history.

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Posted on: Saturday - Jul 11, 2015
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Name: eri richardson
Location: downingtown
would have loved to see the place in its prime was there in the mid 90s love walking thru the area wish someone could do a video of the old videos for sale
Posted on: Sunday - Mar 29, 2015
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Name: Ed milewski
Location: Philly in Texas now
Had the police chase me through that place in the 70's
Posted on: Thursday - Jan 29, 2015
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Name: Dotty Brown
Location: Philadelphia
Any chance you know why Stotesbury had the nickname "Gum" with Bachelors Barge Club?
Reply: Although I am not certain, I believe it was because he smiled a lot. E.T. Stotesbury loved a good joke or story, so his sense of humor may have led to this nickname.

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Posted on: Monday - Dec 22, 2014
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Name: Rozella Fathree
Location: USA
Just checking to see what you've been up to. Nice work!oilpaintinggall ery.net
Posted on: Wednesday - May 7, 2014
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Name: Myrna (Littman) Josephs
Location: Upper Gwynedd PA
I too hung out there as a teenager in the early 70's. There was lab equipment in some of the rooms. I was told that it was used during WWII for some war effort. It was so beautiful but in such bad shape it reminded me of the album cover (Beatles or Rolling Stones, can't remember) where there was a perfect birthday cake on the front cover and it was smashed on the back. Memories
Posted on: Tuesday - Apr 15, 2014
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Name: K. Stotesbery
Location: Seattle, WA
Gee, I wonder if this guy was a relative! I think maybe if we go all the way back to Ireland, when the Stotesbery's "came across", some stayed on the East Coast and others went up to Canada. That second batch ultimately came down to Minnesota and that is the batch I come from. Nobody in my family had ever heard of this lovely mansion.
Posted on: Tuesday - Apr 1, 2014
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Name: Kathleen Bilyk
Location: Barto PA
What a legacy lost... would have loved to go back in time and see this beautiful place in its glory. Still.. it is wonderful to see these pictures, and to be able to tell my children about the beauty and history of Stotesbury. Thank you for that!
Posted on: Monday - Mar 31, 2014
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Name: Bill M.
Location: Philadelphia
1. found this info regarding the organ - http://database.orga nsociety.org/SingleO rganDetails.php?Orga nID=49184

2. I remember visiting the site in the late 70's (actually sneaking in at night and touring the mansion by flashlight) with some friends. I was in awe of it then and even more now with the great images on this site.
Posted on: Wednesday - Mar 26, 2014
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Name: carl buncle
Location: denver colorado
I used to party there from the late 70's till the demolition. it was my teenage playground. The old mansion was pretty well destroyed by then, but you could still see the grandeur, really sucked that vandals ripped off the copper roof(beginning of the end.
Posted on: Saturday - Jan 18, 2014
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Name: Susan H
Location: Basking Ridge, NJ
I have a self-portrait of Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Lebrun that has been in storage in Seattle for 4 years. I believe that it is virtually identical to the original at the Uffizi. I can't recall whether the head is tilted or straight. I could look when I go home to the Northwest in December.
Reply: Thank you, and I hope it is an original!

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Posted on: Tuesday - Oct 8, 2013
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Name: L Alderson
Location: North Carolina
A painting that may be a fake is being sold on ebay today from China. It is without frame and is not stretched. This is possibly a complete fraud, but thought you could check it out.
http://www.ebay.com/ itm/Old-Master-Art-A ntique-Oil-Painting- Portrait-Noblewoman- artist-on-canvas-27- X31-/171073498068?pt =Art_Paintings&hash= item27d4c66bd4
Reply: What an interesting find and thanks for the notice!

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Posted on: Friday - Sep 27, 2013
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Name: Denise Davis
Location: 369 hay hill court Elgin S.C.
I acquired a piece of the china in the paradise pattern about 20 years ago. I had been using it to hold pens on my desk. I now see that it was actual a celery or relish dish. I found the history fascinating and I'm glad that I've held on to it.
Posted on: Monday - Jul 22, 2013
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Name: Stephen Conrad
Location: London, UK
The portrait of Mrs Monypeny by Raeburn that used to hang in the Drawing Room was on sale at the London Art and Antiques Fair with Russell Strachan of Strachan Fine Art (020-7938-2622).
Posted on: Saturday - Jun 22, 2013
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