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 the intersection of Cranford Avenue and Providence Street. The map features 50 historic homes in Dean Park, where the first home was built in 1916, and includes a photo and historic facts about each house.
More history about each home is Dean Park is available on our website, deanpark.org. Just click on ‘MAP’ to see our interactive map, which links to each house address shown on the map.
Fort Myers history lives on in Dean Park, which was founded in 1920 by Rhode Island businessman John Morgan Dean, who named two of the streets after his home state and after his home town of Providence. The neighborhood was once home to many well-known local figures: the two founders of the Robb & Stucky furniture store, clothing store owner M. “Flossie” Hill, legendary hardware store owner Edward Evans, Judge George Whitehurst, beloved local physicians Dr. Gordon Henry and Dr. William H. Grace, steamship captain Neil “Bo Gator” Storter and many others, including a lively collection of entrepreneurs riding the 1920’s Florida real estate boom.
Home styles include numerous bungalows and craftsman homes, the English Arts & Crafts cottage of Virgil Robb, the Tudor revival home of Harry Stucky, several Spanish revival homes, Florida vernacular homes and the Art Deco-influenced apartment building of Fort Myers Mayor Frank A. Whitney. Many early residents lived in Dean Park throughout their lives while others, as they became more successful and their families expanded, moved from the smaller bungalows in Dean Park to the more commodious homes along McGregor Boulevard.
Just one mile east of downtown Fort Myers, Dean Park was designated as a historic district in 1997 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. In December 2020, Dean Park celebrated its centennial — marking 100 years from when its subdivision map was recorded — with a “!00th Anniversary Holiday Stroll.” Due to the great success of that event, Dean Park decided to reprint the brochures and offer the self-guided walking tour on a permanent basis.