Historic preservation is an important component of livability. Historic buildings add visual interest to a City’s urban fabric and historic districts are usually well-connected and walkable in nature. Historic buildings serve as a reminder of a City’s heritage and roots and are also very attractive to visitors. Historic Preservation is “green” because when you keep a historic building intact instead of tearing it down and building something new in its place you are reducing waste that would come from demolition and saving natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions from new construction. Adaptive reuse of existing historic buildings is a cornerstone of green building in that the entire building is essentially recycled.
An example of adaptive reuse is the Riverwalk Historic District’s Museum of History which is located in what was once the New River Inn. Riverwalk is one of three historic districts, and the museum is just one of 54 individually designated historic sites in our City.
We offer extensive information on how to have your property designated as a historic location, and what aspects of the structure or grounds needs to be preserved. You can also use our website to learn more about Fort Lauderdale's historic districts. For all this and more, visit Historic Preservation.