Riverwalk Historic District

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1905 New River Inn

231 SW 2nd Avenue

 
  • Tuesday through Sunday Noon to 4 PM
  • Admission is $10 and includes a self-guided tour of the New River Inn and a docent-led tour of the 1907 King-Cromartie House and the 1899 Replica School House.
  • Docent-led tours begin at 1 PM, 2 PM and 3PM.

This 1905 hotel was the first property in Broward County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is Broward’s oldest remaining hotel building, and it was constructed for owner Philemon Bryan by Edwin T. King, the area’s first contractor. Built of hollow concrete blocks made with sand barged from the beach, it set the standard for south Florida construction. The hotel, which operated until 1955, featured 24 guest rooms, a dining room, sewer and irrigation systems, running ice water and was lit with carbide lamps. Today the building houses our history museum.

The museum store carries a vast array of unique items including our renowned collection of historic prints and books, original art, old-time toys and one-of-a-kind accents for the home. Give a gift that will be treasured forever—a gift of time. For your convenience you can purchase items from our online store or in the Museum Store (located inside the New River Inn).

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1905 Philemon Nathaniel Bryan House

227 SW 2nd Avenue

This hollow concrete block home was built in 1905 by Edwin T. King for Philemon Bryan, at the request of Bryan’s two sons, Tom and Reed. The Bryan House features Classical Revival architectural detailing. It functioned as a boarding house during World War II and later as a yoga center. It now houses the advertising agency.

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1905 Acetylene Building

This small structure was erected in 1905 to house an acetylene gas generator, which provided light to both the New River Inn and the Philemon Bryan House.

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1907 King-Cromartie House

229 SW 2nd Avenue
  • Tuesday through Sunday 1 PM, 2 PM and 3 PM
  • Admission is $10 and includes a self-guided tour of the New River Inn and a docent-led tour of the 1907 King-Cromartie House and the 1899 Replica School House

Originally built in 1907 on land in what is now Smoker Park on the south bank of New River, the King-Cromartie House was the home of contractor Edwin T. King and his family. In later years King’s eldest daughter Louise resided in the house with her husband, Bloxham Cromartie. The house was originally a bungalow, but a second story was added in 1911. Built of sturdy Dade County pine with joists made from salvaged ship’s timbers, the house was also supplied with running water and carbide lamps. The King-Cromartie family occupied the house until 1968. In 1971 the Junior League of Fort Lauderdale moved the 150-ton house by barge to its present location and opened it to the public as a historic house museum. The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Inc. took possession of the house in 1994.

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Hoch Heritage Library & Research Center Hours

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Hoch Heritage Center houses our collections and research departments. It was built as a post office annex in 1949, and this warehouse structure has been the home of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Inc. since 1978.

The Fort Lauderdale History Center is committed to expanding knowledge of the past. The Hoch Heritage Center is where visitors and local residents come to expand their own knowledge, by perusing the reference library, conducting research in the history files, or shopping for photographic prints from our historic image collections.

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1899 Replica School House

230 SW Third Avenue
  • Tuesday through Sunday 1 PM, 2 PM and 3 PM
  • Admission is $10 and includes a self-guided tour of the New River Inn and a docent-led tour of the 1907 King-Cromartie House and the 1899 Replica School House

Constructed in the 1970s as a project for the U.S. Bicentennial, this reconstruction of Broward County’s first schoolhouse is where the education department’s Pioneer School Day Program brings the past alive for Broward’s 21st-century school children. The original school house was built in 1899 on South Andrews Avenue at SE 5th Street. The first school teacher in the county was the 18-year-old Ivy Julia Cromartie.