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Before it was the 1515 Tower, it was the Arkona

By Michelle Quigley

When the 1515 Tower was built in 1973, it was the tallest residential building in Florida, as reported in this July 27, 1973, Palm Beach Post story. Marshall Grant’s Palm Beach society orchestra donned hard hats to entertain construction workers and neighbors at the topping off party for the Arkona building.

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Newspaper ads for the Arkona extolled the virtues of living in the loveliest part of the Palm Beaches and the prestige of living in Florida’s tallest condominium residential structure.

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Marvin R. Persky built the 30-story Arkona and the 19-story Trianon at 1200 S. Flagler Drive. Palm Beach architect Ronald Kent Belk designed both buildings.

By April 1975, the new owner of the Arkona building was in foreclosure, and a Jacksonville firm bought the unsold units at bargain-basement prices.

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Posted in Flashback blog February 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm.

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  1. “By April 1975, the new owner of the Arkona building was in foreclosure, and a Jacksonville firm bought the unsold units at bargain-basement prices.” Sounds familiar!!!!


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