Providence Street in Dean Park
Shown on an early postcard – Australian pines lined the street then
Don't miss our fabulous BAR-B-Q & BLUES block party on Saturday, April 14th, from 4 pm to 7 pm under the banyan tree at the home of Donna Ellswick and Tom Palazzo, 2721 Rhode Island Avenue. We will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and all the fixings. And you bring a...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.