Broward Trust for Historic Preservation
Annie Beck house “The Atom”
historic Bonnet house
built -in 1920
Oldest Surviving Home
Broward Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded, non-profit organization based in Broward County, Florida. The original Sailboat Bend Trust founded our member-supported organization. On May 26, 1995, the Trust filed for a domestic non-profit corporation with the State of Florida, and subsequently, Broward Trust for Historic Preservation was formed and is now twenty-seven years old.
Our focus has always been to keep track of historic buildings, neighborhoods, districts, and heritage. We accomplish this by identifying these historic resources through research, education, advocacy, and designations with owner approval.
In 2022, the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation decided to establish itself as the trust that advocates for other local historical organizations. Our goal is to lead and support these organizations that otherwise may not be heard.
Owned by Broward Trust for Historic Preservation, The Annie Beck House was built in 1916 by Fort Lauderdale’s first pharmacist, Alfred Beck and his new bride Annie. Together they built this classic bungalow home out of southern pine which they named the “ATOM”. Soon after her arrival Annie began to spearhead efforts to establish All Saint’s Episcopal Church at its original location of Southeast First Street and First Avenue. Through out the 68 years she lived in Fort Lauderdale, Anibeck, as she was fondly known helped found the Fort Lauderdale Garden Club, the city’s first Study Club, a Literary Group, as well as the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.
“I’ve liked every day here in Fort Lauderdale,” Beck said in a 1973 interview. When she died in 1985 at age 98, the mayor at the time, Robert Dressler, called Beck “one of the grand ladies of Fort Lauderdale history.”
The home which now resides at 1329 NE 7th Ave, Fort Lauderdale is now owned by Broward Trust for Historic Preservation, and leased to the City of Fort Lauderdale which assists in its preservation efforts.
Annie Beck house video
Broward Trust for Historic Preservation prevailed when the commission voted 3-2 on a resolution for The New River Castle, and the land on which it resides received a historic Landmark designation. Unfortunately, the remaining lots, 11 and 12, are not part of this decision. While this is an unusual approach, we still consider it a success.
The trust welcomes our new board of directors; Michael Gehron, Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Reed Tolber, and Deborah J Wax. In addition, we welcome returning board members Terry Bean and Susan Gillis.