Providence Street in Dean Park

Shown on an early postcard – Australian pines lined the street then

Dean Park Walking Tour – Every Day!

Dean Park, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Myers, invites you to take a self-guided walking tour past our many historic homes.  Walking tour brochures are located in a kiosk located at the Providence Street entrance to the Dean Park Triangle, a small park at...

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Welcome to Dean Park

Dean Park Historic District is a small neighborhood of about eighty homes built, for the most part, between 1916 and the mid-1920’s and within walking distance of downtown Fort Myers. Its homes are rich in architectural style and include Craftsman bungalows as well as homes designed in the Spanish, Mediterranean, English Tudor and colonial revival designs so popular in that era.  In 1913, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Our Interactive Map

Dean Park was the inspiration of Fort Myers businessman John Morgan Dean.  He named some of the streets after his home state of Rhode Island and, on May 1, 1920, recorded the map for “Dean’s Subdivision” with the Lee County clerk’s office.  To view photos of the original maps, see the “Maps” section of the gallery. Otherwise click the button below to use our interactive map.

Our History

On August 28, 1902, John Morgan Dean purchased a 37-acre parcel of land from Ferdinand W. Peck and his wife, Tilla I. Peck, both of Chicago. The land, for which Dean paid $8,500, ran along the Caloosahatchee River and Billy’s Creek, and it included all of what was to become Dean Park.

John Dean’s dream was to construct the city’s finest residential development. But he delayed starting this project until he believed that local real estate buyers were ready to pay for the paved streets, sidewalks, underground utilities and lush landscaping he envisioned.

Dean Park Happenings

Dean Park Walking Tour – Every Day!

Dean Park Walking Tour – Every Day!

Dean Park, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Myers, invites you to take a self-guided walking tour past our many historic homes.  Walking tour brochures are located in a kiosk located at the Providence Street entrance to the Dean Park Triangle, a small park at...

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Dean Park Holiday Stroll – December 5-25

Dean Park Holiday Stroll – December 5-25

Dean Park, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Myers, is celebrating its centennial this year with a 100th Anniversary Holiday Stroll on December 5th – 25th, with visitors invited between 9 am and 9 pm daily.  The Holiday Stroll is FREE to all! Self-guided walking...

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Progressive Dinner – January 25, 2020

Progressive Dinner – January 25, 2020

Join your neighbors for a multi-course dinner that starts at one home and progresses to other homes throughout the neighborhood with each course.  Each diner will receive a Dean Park Historic District glass for the evening for his/her $10 contribution.  Space is...

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Neighborhood Clean-up – Fall 2020

Neighborhood Clean-up – Fall 2020

Help clean up the neighborhood with friends and neighbors.  Meet at the 'Triangle' at 9:30 am on Saturday, ______, and bring work gloves, rakes and trash bags.  Barry Starke will be on hand to coordinate the cleanup.  Contact him at earthdgn@aol.com to RSVP. ...

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Bar-B-Q & Blues  – April 18, 2020

Bar-B-Q & Blues – April 18, 2020

Don't miss our fabulous BAR-B-Q & BLUES block party on Saturday, April 18th, from 4 pm to 7 pm under the banyan tree at the home of Donna Ellswick and Tom Palazzo, 2721 Rhode Island Avenue.  This year, we welcome back our neighbor, George Mitchell and his friend Bill...

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