Providence Street in Dean Park
Shown on an early postcard – Australian pines lined the street then
Southwest Florida history and century-old architecture will be showcased in Fort Myers this spring as residents of historic Dean Park open their homes to the public for the first time in over a decade. The House Tour will be held from 12 noon until 4 pm, Saturday,...read more
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.
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.