Broward Trust for Historic Preservation,
protecting Broward County's historical assets for future generations.

Hollywood Florida's
Joseph Wesley Young Mansion
built in 1925
Hollywood Florida's
Hammerstein House
built in 1930
Pompano Beach's
Sample-McDougald House
built in 1916
Dania Beach's
Nyberg-Swanson House
built in 1912
Dania Beach's
Martin C. Frost House
built in 1923
Fort Lauderdale's
Bonnet House
built in 1920
Fort Lauderdale's
Jova House now the
Casablanca Cafe
built in 1927
Fort Lauderdale's
Stranahan House
built in 1906
Fort Lauderdale's
King-Cromartie House
built in 1907
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Broward Trust for
Historic Preservation

About Broward Trust for Historic Presevation

Broward Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded, volunteer-driven, "501(c)(3) non-profit organization" based in Broward County, Florida.

EIN 650596154
Corp.ID N95000002526

The original Sailboat Bend Trust founded “our member-supported organization.” On May 26, 1995, we filed for a domestic non-profit corporation with the State of Florida. Subsequently, the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation was formed. From inception, our focus has been to keep track of historic buildings,  districts, neighborhoods, and heritage. We identify these historic resources through research, education, advocacy, designations, and homeowners’ requests. In 2022, the Trust established itself as “a non-profit that advocates” for other local historical organizations. Our goal is to support these local organizations through collaboration and communication.


  • To preserve, restore, and enhance the historic character of Broward County and support education and research regarding historic preservation.
  • To advocate the historic designation of significant buildings and districts throughout the county and work for that status on local and, where appropriate, national levels.
  • To increase the involvement of residents and visitors in preserving Broward County’s legacies.
  • To support other historic preservation communities in their endeavors.



  • Legislation that preserves the historical and cultural fabric of our communities.
  • Protection of historical and cultural resources from inappropriate legislation, regulatory rulings, or court decisions hindering preservation.
  • Preservation of community input in the policy-making process.
  • Collaboration with local and county organizations to further policies and ordinances that protect built Florida’s history and heritage.
  • Mobilization of our preservation network to take action on pressing preservation issues.

What is Historic Preservation?

  1. Purpose and Importance:

    • Preserving History: Historic preservation ensures that our past remains tangible and accessible for future generations. It allows us to connect with the stories, struggles, and achievements of those who came before us.
    • Cultural Identity: By safeguarding historic sites, we celebrate our cultural identity and diversity. These places hold memories, traditions, and shared experiences.
    • Economic and Social Impact: Preservation contributes to local economies through tourism, education, and community pride. It fosters a sense of place and belonging.

  2. Methods and Approaches:

    • Conservation: Repairing and maintaining historic structures using original materials and techniques.
    • Adaptive Reuse: Transforming old buildings for new purposes (e.g., turning an old firehouse into a law Office).
    • Documentation: Recording architectural details, oral histories, and archival research.
    • Legal Protections: Designating historic districts, landmarks, and preservation ordinances.

  3. Challenges and Debates:

    • Balancing Progress and Preservation: How do we adapt historic places to modern needs without compromising their integrity?
    • Gentrification: Preservation efforts can inadvertently drive up property values, displacing long-standing communities.
    • Inclusivity: Ensuring that diverse histories and marginalized voices are represented in preservation efforts.

Join us

Some key incentives for joining the Trust:

  • Making a positive impact:
    By joining the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation, you will become a part of a community that is dedicated to preserving the historical and architectural heritage of the area and contribute to the efforts of the Trust in saving historic buildings, landmarks, and the cultural identity of the region.
  • Recognition
    Members of the Trust are recognized for their contributions to the preservation of Broward County’s history and heritage. You will have the opportunity to be recognized for your work in the community and to receive awards and accolades for your efforts in historic preservation.




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