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
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Broward Trust for
Historic Preservation

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.

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