Preservationist Barbara Hoffstot dies in Pittsburgh

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Preservationist Barbara Hoffstot dies in Pittsburgh By SHANNON DONNELLY Oilly News Socltty Editor Barbara Hoffstot, a longtime Palm Beacher whose love for the island and its architecture led to the establishment of the Landmarks Landmarks Preservation Commission, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 1994, in Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness. illness. She was 75. In Palm Beach, Mrs. Hoffstot lived in a landmark home designed designed for her parents by noted architect Maurice Fatio in 1938. In addition to Palm Beach and Pittsburgh, she had homes in New Waterford, Ohio, and County Gal-way, Gal-way, Gal-way, Ireland. Born in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of James Byron Drew, chief justice for the Commonwealth Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Mary Snyder Drew. She was a graduate of the Ethel Walker School and attended attended Rollins College in Winter Park. Friends remember Barbara Hoffstot, Page 3 The staunchest of preservationists preservationists and once called "the mother of Palm Beach preservation, preservation, Mrs. Hoffstot was the author of Landmark Architecture of Palm Beach, first published in 1974. Its third edition was published published in 1991. Mrs. Hoffstot's family had lived in Palm Beach for generations. generations. Her grandparents owned the cottage nearest to The Breakers, Breakers, and she was one of few Palm Beachers who could claim to have been present at the great Breakers fire of 1925. Mrs. Hoffstot was a generous donor to preservationist and philanthropic philanthropic efforts. The town's flag at the Flagler Memorial Bridge and the restored north tower on Town Hall were her gifts to the town, from "a family that has enjoyed Palm Beach for five generations." generations." She often called Palm Beach "one of the most elegant, beautiful beautiful and architecturally important places in the world." She was vocal in her criticism of what she perceived to be an erosion of zoning laws, and once vowed to make the entire island a landmark landmark to seal it off from developers. developers. She was a founder of the town's Landmarks Preservation Commission, serving on that board until 1983, and was a founder of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, a private private group of which she served as a vice president until her death. Mrs. Hoffstot also was a former former board member of the Community Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties, and served as a board member of the Please see HUFFSTOT, Page 2

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  1. Palm Beach Daily News,
  2. 20 Sep 1994, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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