Dean Park Providence St. (2)
Providence Street in Dean Park, shown on an early postcard.  Australian pines lined the street then.

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.

‘Dean’s Subdivision’ 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.  For a photo of the original map, see the “Maps” section of this website.

Designation as Historic District.  On April 7, 1997, Dean Park was designated as a Historic District by the Fort Myers City Council.  A map of the Historic District boundaries can be found in the “Maps” page of this website.

National Register of Historic Places.  In 2013, Dean Park was named to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior after an intensive application process that first required city and state approvals. 

Non-profit Corporation.  On May 16, 1997, the Articles of Incorporation for Dean Park Historic District, Inc. were filed with the Florida Department of State.  The corporation is also a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  The affairs of the corporation are managed by a nine-person Board of Directors elected annually.  It is funded by voluntary donations from residents of Dean Park; there are no mandatory dues.