Henry Flagler, one of the founders of Standard Oil, built Whitehall for his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan.
The site of the home was purchased for $50,000 in 1893 by Flagler; later surveyed for construction in July 1900 and the home completed in time for Flagler and his wife to move in on February 6, 1902. The architects were Carrère and Hastings, who had earlier designed the Ponce de Leon Hotel and several other buildings in St. Augustine for Flagler. Whitehall was to be a winter residence, and Henry gave it to Mary Lily as a wedding present. They would travel to Palm Beach each year in one of their own private railcars, one of which was No. 91.
Flagler died of injuries sustained in falling down a flight of marble stairs at Whitehall in 1913, at the age of 83. Mary Lily died four years later.
There are general stories about ghosts and strange eerie presences throughout the mansion.
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- 1 Whitehall Way
Palm Beach, FL 33480
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- 26.713704, -80.04360500000001
- Palm Beach County, Florida
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