Providence Street in Dean Park

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

Dean Park Tag Sale – 8 am-noon – April 27, 2019

Visit Dean Park Historic District for a fantastic neighborhood tag sale.  Many participating homes and lots of treasures -- old and new!  8 am to 12 noon on Saturday, April 27th.  Dean Park Historic District is a neighborhood of bungalows and other circa 1920 homes,...

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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 Tag Sale – 8 am-noon – April 27, 2019

Dean Park Tag Sale – 8 am-noon – April 27, 2019

Visit Dean Park Historic District for a fantastic neighborhood tag sale.  Many participating homes and lots of treasures -- old and new!  8 am to 12 noon on Saturday, April 27th.  Dean Park Historic District is a neighborhood of bungalows and other circa 1920 homes,...

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Progressive Dinner – January 12, 2019

Progressive Dinner – January 12, 2019

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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Historical Lecture – Feb. 15, 2019

Historical Lecture – Feb. 15, 2019

Fort Myers author and professor Lyn Millner offers a lecture on the Koreshan community and its connection to Dean Park at the home of Ann Martindale & Steve Jacobs on Friday, February 15th, at 2740 Providence Street.  Millner will have books for purchase and signing. ...

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Spring Cleaning – March 16, 2019

Spring Cleaning – March 16, 2019

Help clean up the neighborhood with friends and neighbors.  Meet at the 'Triangle' at 9:30 am on Saturday, March 16, 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 13, 2019

Bar-B-Q & Blues – April 13, 2019

Don't miss our fabulous BAR-B-Q & BLUES block party on Saturday, April 13th, 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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