Historic Modernist Home Ocean to Lake
1221 North Lake Way was built in 1937 and designed by Belford Shoumate, one of the most popular Modernist architects on the island of Palm Beach. Designed as a 6,000 sq. ft. “Nautical Mansion,” the “Fore and Aft House” was featured in the 1939 World’s Fair as one of the House of Tomorrow. That fair’s lasting influence on American Architecture, and its fascination with industrial design and speed, can be seen in this unique property.
The southern elevation at 1221 has concrete porthole columns that repeat along the windowed curtain wall and the upper decks feature steamship railings. The Aft (eastern elevation) has a 2-car Y shaped garage with 3 exits. The Fore (west) features the pool overlooking the Intracoastal view and dock. The house sits on 65 feet of Intracoastal frontage, offering stunning views and amazing sunsets as well as a deep-water dock. The nautical-like design has the effect of a boat, sitting on the lot overlooking the Intracoastal. Equally important, the Fore and Aft House is the only Lakefront house in Palm Beach with its own deeded oceanfront cabana down the block.
Most of the original details remain, including some custom furnishings. The Fore and Aft House was designed with 5 bedrooms with exterior doors to enter and exit the exterior decks, not unlike steamships of the day. Many of the original bathroom details remain, and any missing elements could be easily found and restored.