Joan Mickelson, Ph.D.

Joseph W. Young Jr., and the City Beautiful. A Biography of the Founder of Hollywood, Florida

Hollywood, Florida is included in Robert A. M. Stern's "Paradise Planned," as a notable garden city in the classical tradition, planned by one man, Joseph W. Young. In his lifetime Young was acknowledged as one of the major city builders in boomtime Florida. Together with his city planning skills, Young had a rare talent for publicity and a knack for making and spending millions, supported by an immense personal charm. This first full biography of Young covers his start as land developer in Long Beach, CA (1902-16), Globe AZ (1917-18), Indianapolis (1918-19), New York City (c. 1930), and Old Forge in the Adirondacks (1929-34), together with his Hollywood (1920-34). As early as 1922 Young called his town a "City Beautiful."

Selected Works

McFarland & Company,Inc. Publishers, 2013. 211 pages, 100 illustrations, end notes, bibliography, index. Available at all major book sellers.
“Two books in one—part narrative history and part guided tour... an eye for detail that does not get in the way of a good story.”
--Beth Dunlop, Miami Herald
First definitive biography of the founding Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum utilizing her copious correspondence with key art world figures from the first half of the 20th century, from Hans Arp to Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as Solomon Guggenheim.
Art History
Joan M. Lukach. "Severini's 1917 Exhibition at Stieglitz's '291'." The Burlington Magazine, April, 1971, pages 196-203 illustrated
Documentation with complete illustrations of the first exhibition in the United States by an Italian Futurist, Gino Severini.