Raz­ing of es­tate gets OK of board

Ar­chi­tec­tural Com­mis­sion ap­proves de­mo­li­tion re­quest for Mary Mont­gomery’s man­sion.

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By DAR­RELL HOFHEINZ

The Ar­chi­tec­tural Com­mis­sion on Wed­nes­day ap­proved a re­quest to de­mol­ish the man­sion that so­cialite Mary Mont­gomery and her late hus­band, at­tor­ney Robert M. Mont­gomery Jr., com­pletely re­built on Bil­lion­aires Row to use as their is­land home.

The de­mo­li­tion would clear the 2½acre ocean-to-lake prop­erty at 1800 S. Ocean Blvd., which has been for sale with an ask­ing price of $46 mil­lion since Septem­ber. The Mediter­ranean-style man­sion and out­build­ings have 26,351 square feet of liv­ing space, in­side and out, prop­erty records show.

Mary Mont­gomery, 87, has been ap­pointed court-sanc­tioned pro­fes­sional guardians and no longer lives on the es­tate, which is owned by a trust, ac­cord­ing to prop­erty records.

The re­quest to the com­mis­sion for per­mis­sion to raze the house and out­build­ings was made by North­ern Trust, which serves as the court-sanc­tioned trustee for the Mont­gomery es­tate. The name of trust cus­to­dian Hilda San­tana was in­cluded on the ap­pli­ca­tion to the com­mis­sion.

Com­mis­sion­ers voted 4-3 to ap­prove the de­mo­li­tion. The vote came shortly af-

Mont­gomery 87-year-old widow no longer lives on

es­tate.

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