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Reference Number 13000319
State Florida
County Lee
Town Fort Myers
Street Address Bounded by First Street, Palm Avenue, Michigan Avenue , Evans Ave
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/28/2013
Areas of Significance
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The Dean Park Historic Residential District is locally significant under Criterion A in the area of Community Planning and Development as a planned residential neighborhood in Fort Myers, Florida. It is also significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture. It was founded by John Morgan Dean in 1912. The subdivision is historically significant because it has maintained its level of historic physical integrity and the street layout which follows a modified grid pattern that has not changed since it was originally platted. Lush vegetation still lines the streets and fills the yards. Modem development has not encroached on this area and the context is still very much as it was in the early 1920s. The homes were built for Fort Myers' first permanent residents and winter visitors. The district's period of significance extends from c.1915 to 1928, and the houses represent the architectural tastes during the Florida Real Estate Boom of the 1920s. The architecture ofDean Park is historically significant because it has maintained its level of integrity and is an excellent example of early 20th Century Revivals and Craftsman style residences.


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