What West Palm Beach neighborhood is named for a medieval Spanish hero?
2) Providencia Park
3) El Cid
4) Grandview Heights
The answer is #3. US Steel magnate John Phipps bought up all the defunct pineapple farms that bordered the intracoastal just north of Belvedere Road to establish the neighborhood. Expansive Mediterranean Revival and Mission-style homes were developed on most of the area lots, then sold to affluent society and business leaders throughout the 1920’s and 30’s. Phipps named the neighborhood after Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar whose Moorish enemies nicknamed him “Cid”, the Arabic word for lord.
Photo Aerial View along Lake Worth Shoreline - West Palm Beach Florida 1927 by Richard B. Hoit courtesy State Archives of Florida