Coloring book project highlights Delray architectural icons & styles

By Paula Detwiller Special to The Pineapple

Inspired by last year’s Centennial and a crayon-art exhibit at the Cornell Museum, the Delray Beach Preservation Trust has created a unique coloring book that will preserve Delray’s architectural history for years to come. The Architectural Icons & Styles of Delray Beach coloring book consists of hand- drawn sketches of the city’s most significant architecture over the past 100 years. It includes such well-known structures as the 1925 Arcade Building and Tap Room, the 1926 Colony Hotel, and the 1935 Spady House.

Preservation Trust board member and interior designer Donna Sloan spearheaded the project, enlisting 16 local architects and design professionals to contribute black-and- white line drawings to the book.

“I tried to match each designer with either a project they worked on, or something representative of their style.” Donna says. “For example, we asked George Brewer to draw the Delray train station, because his firm designed the Ocean City Lumber project.” In the front of the coloring book is a beautifully illustrated map indicating the location of each architectural icon. In the back, you’ll find detailed descriptions of each historic structure and its corresponding architectural style.

“It’s a coloring book for children, but it’s for grown-ups too,” said Trust president JoAnn Peart. She laughs when she remembers how at first she was calling it an “adult” coloring book—until people started jumping to the wrong conclusion. Significantly, a copy of the book with autographs of each participating design professional will be placed in the Trust’s 2011 – 2111 Time Capsule at Delray Beach City Hall later this year.

“The objective is to create a treasure trove of signed architectural drawings for people to enjoy at Delray’s bicentennial 100 years from now,” said JoAnn. To purchase your own copy, go to Hand’s Stationers in downtown Delray, or contact board member Rhonda Sexton at (561) 445- 0660. All proceeds go to the Delray Beach Preservation Trust, to support its goal of saving historic properties from the wrecking ball. Coloring Book Sketch Contributors Roy M. Simon, AIA George Brewer, RA Francisco Perez-Azua, RA Robert Currie, FAIA Gary Eliopoulos, AIA Rhonda Sexton, Sexton House Interiors Inc. Richard Jones, AIA Michael J. Kravit, AIA Michelle Balfoort, AIA Donna Sloan, ASID Vera Farrington, EPOCH, Inc. Dan Sloan, AIA Randall Stofft, AIA Roger Cope, RA Karen MacLaren, ASID Jeffrey Silberstein, AIA Paula Detwiller writes for the Preservation Trust, the CRA, and other clients. Her website/ blog can be found at