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Flagler Kenan Pavilion offers Gilded Age-style Tea Service

Set up of the Gilded Age-style Tea Service in the Flagler Kenan Pavilion at the Flagler Museum.
Photos by the Flagler Museum

Combining the elegance of the Gilded Age with the beauty of Palm Beach, the Café des Beaux-Arts is offering a tea service through April 15 in the Flagler Kenan Pavilion at the Flagler Museum. The cafe serves tea sandwiches and scones along with the museum’s own Palm Beach Blend tea and lemonade.

The Flagler Kenan Pavilion is the newest addition to the Flagler Museum, although it houses one of its oldest artifacts, Henry Flagler’s personal railcar, Railcar No. 91.

The railcar was built in 1886 and was used by Flagler for his trips to Florida. This is the railcar that made it to Key West in 1912 along Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad. Its luxury was unmatched at the time, leading some to call it a “Palace on Wheels.”

Museum visitors are able to walk through the restored railcar.

The pavilion was built to the style of a 19th century railway palace, complete with vaulted ceilings, elaborate lighting fixtures and floor-to-ceiling windows with beautiful arch frames. Looking out, you can see the cities of Lake Worth and West Palm Beach behind the Intracoastal Waterway.

West Palm Beach-based Hedrick Brothers Construction completed the pavilion in 2005. The 8,100-square-foot facility was the first public Beaux-Arts-style structure built in modern times. This addition has given the museum a venue to hold the Gilded Age-style tea service and the Picnic by the Café Des Beaux-Arts, which takes place in the Cocoanut Grove behind the pavilion.

While the tea service has a set price and menu, the picnic offers an a la carte option. The same tea and lemonade are served at both events, which last from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The picnic does not require a reservation but the tea service does. Click here to purchase tickets for the tea service.


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