People, Feb. 15, 1960

Palm Beach's fabulous white marble Flagler Museum came back to life when some 425 very social guests attended the pinnacle event of Florida's winter season. The museum was once Whitehall Mansion, home of Oilman Henry Morrison Flagler, a Rockefeller partner who, before his death in 1913, almost singlehanded, transformed much of southern Florida from wasteland into alluring real estate. Built in 1902 at a cost of $2,500,00. Whitehall's 39 rooms include a cavernous (110 ft. by 40 ft.) tapestried main hall that once contained one of the largest Persian Kirmanshah rugs ever loomed....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!