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Downtown Historic Buildings (Self Guided), Fort Lauderdale

Downtown Fort Lauderdale is home to three designated historic districts: The Sailboat Bend, The Himmarshee and The Stranahan House. Each holds a range of houses and buildings from the mid-19th Century and the 20th Century, that together tell the fascinating story of the development of this growing city and its communities.
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Downtown Historic Buildings Map

Guide Name: Downtown Historic Buildings
Guide Location: USA » Fort Lauderdale (See other walking tours in Fort Lauderdale)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Author: christine
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Himmarshee Court
  • Woman's Club
  • Old Bus Station
  • Fort Lauderdale History Center
  • Bryan Building
  • Old South Side Fire Station
  • Williams House
  • Croissant Park Administration Building
  • Sam Gilliam House
  • Antique Car Museum
Himmarshee Court

1) Himmarshee Court

The Himmarshee Court was one the first apartment buildings in Fort Lauderdale. Designed by architect Francis L. Abreu for local man Mr Pape, it has been carefully preserved. Built in 1926 in a Mediterranean revival style, it is one of the most remarkable old Florida houses. Today, the building serves as a private medical office.
Woman's Club

2) Woman's Club

The Woman's Club is a house with great history. It was built in 1916, based on a design by architect August Geiger, as a club for women of Fort Lauderdale. The money for its construction was donated by pioneer Ivy Stranahan. The first specially designed project in the city, its Mediterranean revival style was very much in vogue at the time. The club served as volunteer society for women and children of the city, whose activities were central to the development of the community. Today the site remains a Woman's Club and also holds a small museum.
Old Bus Station

3) Old Bus Station

The Old Bus Station is located on a corner site and is a landmark for the area. Built in 1926 in a Spanish eclectic style with Beaux Arts elements, it was originally a three-story building. Following a hurricane less than a year later, the building was cut to one story. Renovated a number of times, the building became a retail center for a time, and is now the venue for the popular Art Bar nightclub.
Fort Lauderdale History Center

4) Fort Lauderdale History Center (must see)

Fort Lauderdale History Center, formerly known as The Old Fort Lauderdale Village & Museum was the first site of the city-to-be, founded by Major William Lauderdale in 1838 at the cross of the East Coast Railway and the New River. The complex houses a combination of original and replica 19th Century buildings, including the first school, a research center, and the New River Inn. The museum tells the story of Fort Lauderdale from its establishment right up to World War II, with permanent exhibitions of artifacts from local history, as well as guided history tours and lectures.

Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 12 pm- 4 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 9:30 am- 4 pm.
Bryan Building

5) Bryan Building

The Bryan Building was one of the first 20th Century buildings of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Rebuilt in fire-proof-brick after a devastating fire in 1912, it has since been preserved in its original state with few changes. Designed by architect Tom Bryan, it once operated as the “De Soto” hotel, today it serves as an office building. Now listed in the US National Register of Historic Places.
Old South Side Fire Station

6) Old South Side Fire Station

The South Side Fire Station was second station built in Fort Lauderdale. Established in 1925 by Chief Sherman, it came at a time when the city badly needed a new fire station for the growing community on both sides of the New River. This Spanish eclectic style building continued to serve as a fire station until 1985. The station building has been carefully preserved and restored, today a private law office.
Williams House

7) Williams House

Williams House is one of Fort Lauderdale's most historic residences. Its well preserved revival style and engineering structure from the 19th and 20th centuries has lead to it being listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.
Croissant Park Administration Building

8) Croissant Park Administration Building

The Croissant Park Administration Building is a landmark of southern Fort Lauderdale. A typical building from the development boom at the turn of the 20th Century, it is one of very few buildings from this era that remain in their original state. Built in 1922, this two story Mediterranean revival style building first served as an administration building for city development. Today it's a specialty retail center.
Sam Gilliam House

9) Sam Gilliam House

The Sam Gilliam House is the historic home of notable Republican Party member Samuel Gilliam, who had a prominent role in the early development of the city. Built in 1926 in a typical Florida mission style, the house survived a hurricane in the same year. Serving as the family home of generation of Gilliams, it was once due to be demolished. Today the house is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.
Antique Car Museum

10) Antique Car Museum (must see)

The Antique Car Museum holds an extraordinary collection of pre- and post-World War II Packard motor cars, plus a dedicated library, photo gallery, and other memorabilia including a vintage Texaco gas station. The oldest car on display is a 1909 Speedster. The museum allows visitors to see all the details of each car, with plush leather seats, wood paneling, and other exquisite trappings of vintage motors.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm.

Walking Tours in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Lauderdale

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Lauderdale

Creating your own self-guided walk in Fort Lauderdale is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Church Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Church Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale

This multi-faith east coast city is home to a whole range of outstanding churches that are architectural highlights as well as places of worship. Their structural design and interior decoration feature a wide range of styles from strictly traditional to modern minimalist, giving Fort Lauderdale a quite unique visual aesthetic. Take our tour to see the city's best churches.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 Km or 5.5 Miles
Nightlife in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Nightlife in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Nightlife in downtown Fort Lauderdale is as diverse as it is exciting, with something for everybody's taste. The Himmarshee Village District, for example, is crammed with hot nightspots that don't have dress codes like the lounges in the beach area. Take our tour to have the best possible night out in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Beach Area Walking Tour

Beach Area Walking Tour

Fort Lauderdale, dubbed the “Venice of America”, is one of Florida's most attractive cities with lots to offer any visitor, including navigable canals and gorgeous beaches. A top destination for both spring and summer vacations, with one of the most popular things to do being a long walk along the city's ocean line. This beach walk has got all the activities and attractions that make...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Shopping Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Shopping Tour in Fort Lauderdale

As well as being a classic tourist destination, Fort Lauderdale is also a top place to go shopping. Its charming Las Olas Boulevard district is chock full of specialty shops, fashion boutiques and galleries. The sunny beachfront area also has its fair share of shops, souvenir boutiques, plus a beach plaza with great entertainment. Take our Shopping Tour to catch all the best shops in these areas.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Dania Beach Recreational Tour

Dania Beach Recreational Tour

Dania Beach is a small municipality of suburban Fort Lauderdale that was originally part of Broward County. Its name comes from the first Danish emigrants that settled here in the late 19th Century. This little town is famous for being the home of all things fishing, with a Fishing Hall of Fame and many of the best fishing spots in all of south Florida. It's also a top US location for...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Fort Lauderdale Downtown Introduction Walk

Fort Lauderdale Downtown Introduction Walk

Fort Lauderdale, also known as the “Venice of America”, is one of Florida's most attractive cities. This quintessentially Floridian city has preserved historic buildings, museums, sightseeing walks along the New River banks, and lots of navigable canals. Fort Lauderdale has become a great place to visit during spring and summer vacations.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles