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Dean Park historic walking tour

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Dean Park Historic District, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Myers, is making its neighborhood walking tour – and its new “Dean Park Historic Walking Tour” brochure — available throughout the year.
This past December, Dean Park welcomed hundreds of visitors to the neighborhood with a “Holiday Stroll” brochure – a self-guided walking tour brochure available in a kiosk at the Dean Park Triangle, a small park recently refurbished with new plantings by the City of Fort Myers and located at the intersection of Cranford Avenue and Providence Street.
“We were pretty amazed at all the people who came to visit our neighborhood. We printed a thousand brochures, and only had a few brochures left at the end of December,” said Sheila Pastor, chair of the event. “Most people walked through the neighborhood, but quite a few picked up the brochures, then drove around in their cars, too.”
The brochure has now been reprinted and updated for use year-round. It features 50 homes in Dean Park, where the first home was built in 1916, and has a photo and brief history of each home. Many of the homes are in the Craftsman style so popular in the 1920s. Other houses are in the Spanish Revival and Colonial Revival styles.
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.
The walking tour map and more information on all Dean Park houses is available at www.deanpark.org. Click on “MAP” to download the interactive map with links to a description of each home in Dean Park.

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