Florida Avenue galleries in West Palm Beach

  • The six galleries along Florida Avenue, West Palm Beach
  • Florida Avenue in the Sunshine Park Historic District
  • New ramp and stair access to the six galleries
  • An evening view of the galleries along Florida Avenue
  • An evening view of the galleries along Florida Avenue
  • The building in 2022 before the renovation
  • The building in 2023 after the renovation
  • Three aluminium canopies protect three pairs of entrances
  • Newly planted trees shade the parking and new windows
  • A new accessible walkway links the six galleries
  • View from the accessible ramp looking south
  • Visualisation by Jflemay of the gallery entrances
  • Visualisation by Jflemay of the entrances in the evening
  • View of the corner of Florida Avenue and Westwood Road
  • Entrances to 2412 and 2414 Florida Avenue
  • Detail of the canopy and signage at TW Fine Art
  • Detail of the canopy and signage at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
  • View of the rounded canopy corner
  • Entrance to 2414 Florida Avenue, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
  • Sunlight on the reception desk at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
  • Reception of Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
  • The reception storage opens gracefully with pivoting doors
  • Reception area at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
  • Reception area at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
  • Visualisation by Jflemay of the new staircase to the mezzanine
  • View of the staircase as built at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
  • The building’s interior in 2022 before the renovation
  • Visualisation by Jflemay of a gallery interior, with paintings by Sinta Tantra
  • The interior of Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery with paintings by Sara Berman
  • The main display area leads to smaller display rooms
  • The rooms feature new windows and a polished concrete floor
  • An exhibition by Sara Berman entitled “No Visible Means Of Support”
  • A new mezzanine overlooks the main display area
  • Visualisation by Jflemay of the smaller display rooms
  • A smaller room displaying, on the left, a painting by Gabriela Giroletti
  • The rooms lead to an office along the railway line
  • Paintings by Audun Alvestad in one of the smaller rooms
  • Detail of the façade newly rendered in stucco
  • The east entrances are used to service the six galleries
  • View of the east entrances with a Brightline train passing by

Florida Avenue galleries in West Palm Beach

Location West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Duration 2021 — completed 2023
Client owner Bruce Gendelman
Client gallery Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
Designer Jflemay Architecture and Design
Architect Song and Associates
Structural engineer Jezerinac Group
MEP engineer Smith Engineering Consultants
General contractor The Cury Group
Photography All photos © Jflemay Architecture and Design

The galleries are situated at 2404-2414 Florida Avenue in the leafy neighbourhood of Sunshine Park, 800 metres south of the Norton Museum of Art. The building was formerly a warehouse and is located along the Florida East Coast Railroad which carries the Brightline inter-city trains.

The southernmost gallery, Kristin Hjellegjerde, approached us in November 2021 to design their entrance. Our scope gradually grew to designing their interior and the building’s exterior along with the Florida-based architects Song and Associates. Jflemay acted as designer on this project, providing 2d and 3d design, visualisation and virtual reality services to the owner Bruce Gendelman and the tenant Kristin Hjellegjerde.

In autumn 2023, the six galleries are Bruce Gendelman (2404), New Wave (2406), ARCA (2408), Casa Branca (2410), TW Fine Art (2412) and Kristin Hjellegjerde (2414). A further segment of the warehouse will house a private art collection designed by Huum (Hughes Umban Howar) Architects.

Measuring 137 by 30 metres (450 by 100 feet), the building had double-height garage doors, no wheelchair access and was dilapidated. It was used as a bicycle repair shop, a flower delivery depot and a storehouse for the Palm Beach Opera.

We proposed to replace the garage doors with six entrances in three pairs, covered with aluminium canopies and connected via a concrete walkway to an accessible ramp. The white stucco, round stairs and curved canopies all contribute to give the project an Art Deco feel reminiscent of the style commonly found in Palm Beach and Miami.

In Kristin Hjellegjerde’s gallery we added six clerestory windows, tall white walls and a mezzanine. We asked the contractor to polish the existing slab and leave it unsealed. We designed curved cabinets in ash wood to add warmth to the monastic interior.