I have three blogs, all are what is called “self hosted.” That means that each of the blogs are attached to my three sites, and you don’t get to them through wordpress. One of the blogs was receiving a ton of spam. and I could not get the spam plugin to work, because I couldn’t find any wordpress api key on my admin or profile pages. Here’s what I found out. The key that I needed was on my wordpress account. I had to log in using my user name to wordpress, and voila, i found the key.
Sounds simple enough. However, it took some thought. I have three user names and two emails attached to my blogs. If I were to change a password, did that mean that I would bollux up my accounts? Well, I’m glad to report, no.
So, life is sweet, short and simple. today at least.
Cielito Lindo’s original owner, Jessie Woolworth Donahue, may have come from dime-store money, but she had lavish tastes. Her luxury home. completed in 1927, the 45,000-square-foot Cielito Lindo, was designed by Palm Beach architect Marion Sims Wyeth, and while not as large as Mar A Lago, it was palatial, with a four-story tower, 30-by-50-foot living room, six master bedrooms, 10 staff rooms above the garage, houses for the chauffeur and gardener and a tap room.
The Mediterranean-style estate was built on a parcel of land stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway, with orange groves, tennis courts, a tea pavilion, lily pond, boat hoses and extensive gardens.
Subdivided into five separate dwellings in 1947 when Jessie Woolworth Donahue downsized to another oceanfront estate also designed by Wyeth, her living room was demolished to make room for King’s Road and the two major wings of the main house became the largest residences on either side of the road.
The tower, on the south side, totally refurbished and on the market, is still a little bit of heaven priced at $8,750,000.
It’s a little smaller than its former self – 12,380 square feet, with five bedrooms – but it still has a jewel-like feel, an ivory façade with red tile bands, red barrel tile roof, and geometric interlaced wood details.
“Of all Wyeth’s work, this house was his largest and most impressive,” says historian Donald Curl. “It was also the most Moorish, especially the tower and the entrance way.
“Wyeth was rather proud of it. There’s no question.”
The entry to the house was originally on the south side of the tower, and on a lower floor. “As you can imagine, it was quite impressive.”
One came through gates that led to a courtyard, with a pond and fountain directly opposite the front door, Curl says.
“When you entered on the lower floor, there was a grand set of stairs that took you up to the foyer, which then led to the cloister,” he describes.
The cloister, delineated by a U-shaped series of columns, surrounded the main rooms of the house. “It started on both sides on the west end, and went across the living room, and partially, it provided a walkway around the house, but it also provided shelter from the western sun,” Curl says.
Now one enters the main foyer from the north side of the tower, through glass and iron doors. With stenciled ceilings, impressive columns and marble floors, it was at one time the landing of the main stairway and overlooked the living room, Curl says.
“The entire floor on that level was the stairway, a foyer, a taproom and a library, which has been used as a living room over the years.”
The present living room, to the south of the foyer, overlooks the pool and gardens. This room used to be the stairway, Curl says. The kitchen and dining room are to the south of the foyer and living room, along with a guest bedroom suite.
To the east of the foyer are the taproom, library, a powder room, elevator and stairwell to the tower rooms.
The hallway to the powder room features a tromp l’oeil tile mural in blue and white as well as a red tile floor with painted tile insets. The library has pecky cypress paneling and a fireplace. The taproom features a stenciled ceiling and paneled bar, tile floor, painted tile bar and patterned tile chair rail. All of these rooms open to a terrace that wraps around the rear of the house.
On next floor are two bedroom suites and on the top floor is a lookout room.
The master bedroom has French doors that offer gorgeous views. Architectural features in the bedroom include layers of molding and a fireplace. Other rooms in the suite include two bathrooms and closets, an office, a balcony terrace and a covered terrace. The second master suite opens to a terrace, as well. Also on the second floor, and accessed from another stairway are two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Crowning the tower is the lookout, which features a stenciled ceiling, tile floor with painted tile insets, a fireplace and multiple French doors that open to small balconies to the east and south and a large terrace on the west, all offering spectacular views.
Hogarcito, “Little Hearth” at 17 Golfview Road, Palm Beach, was designed by architect Marion Sims Wyeth in 1921 for cereal heiress and Palm Beach socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post while she was married to financier Edward F. Hutton.
The 10,000 plus-total-square-foot Spanish Mediterranean house with five bedrooms, six bathrooms and a bell tower encompasses two buildings: the main house and a second house, which are connected by an arcade.
Here’s a little of Hogarcito’s history according to historian Donald Curl. “It was the first house on Golfview,” Curl says. “Many of the other houses were built literally because Marjorie Merriweather Post wanted to populate the street with what she called, ‘young marrieds,’ which was how she saw herself. She would have been in her 30s at that time and was married to her second husband.
“Jesse Woolworth Donahue’s sister was one of the young marrieds, Mrs. McCann. Her husband was an attorney and they bought a little Wyeth house that he had done for Mrs. Post. Golfview was like a housing development, particularly on the north side, where Wyeth did a number of little houses. They were purchased very quickly and he added onto them over the years.”
Although impressive, Hogarcito was fairly simple and was never an enormous house, Curl says. “That is part of the reason Mrs. Post built Mar a Lago. She always claimed Hogarcito was not big enough. She had all these daughters coming home with their friends, and she needed something larger. She decided she wanted a knock-them-dead house.”
And hence, she built Mar a Lago.
However, Hogarcito’s “courtyard is marvelous, and the new pool adds to the whole thing,” Curl says. “The house has all these exterior galleries and the tower has a bell in it. Wyeth was very proud of Hogarcito. He thought it had a good design.”
Entry is by way of an impressive foyer with a Cuban tile and stone floor. Straight on to the south is the living room with herringbone wood floors. To one side, doors open to the terrace, and to the other, doors offer views of the garden. Through the living room is an enclosed loggia, where the walls are covered in trellis. From French doors there, a covered walkway leads to the separate two-floor master suite.
The loggia looks out to the terrace with its 17th century fountain, one of four fountains on the property.
To the west of the foyer is a salon with hardwood floors and French doors that lead to the courtyard. Farther west is the dining room, and then the kitchen. In this portion of the house are also the garage and staff quarters.
To the east of the foyer and up a few steps is the library with Cuban tile floors, pecky cypress ceiling and a fireplace.
On the second floor are three guest bedrooms ensuite and a master bedroom suite.
And then there’s the bell tower. When present owner Bruce Bent moved into the house 25 years ago, it was boarded up. “I opened it up, and to my surprise, there were bedrooms and a bathroom up there. I converted the space into a den,” he says.
“There are two terraces on the roof. They are very private, and it’s a neat spot.”