The Broward Trust For Historic Preservation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to identifying, preserving, restoring and maintaining architectural heritage in Broward County, Florida.


A Historical Crime on Alhambra Street

Click to view 2016 Holiday Home Tour Photos.

Thank you Susan Castle Kimberlin

​Historic Annie Beck House and Education Center

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Fort Lauderdale City Commission Proclaimed Sunday, December 4th as Historic Holiday Home Tour Day! 

Our Mission

To preserve, restore and enhance the historic character of Broward County, Florida while supporting historic preservation education and research. 

To advocate historic designation of significant buildings and districts throughout the County. 

To increase the involvement of residents and visitors in preserving the County's historic legacy.

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With the generosity of our members, donors, and sponsors, we are able to make a difference in our County, Cities, and Towns.

Help support our efforts by becoming a member today!  See Membership or donate at your discretion below.  

             Thank you for your support!


For two decades Merrilyn Rathbun devoted herself to learning, knowing, and showing all things Fort Lauderdale, its history, its founders, its leaders, its architecture and its anecdotes.  Merrilyn was a researcher at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society from 1997-2000 then director of Research Services from 2000-2017

  • The greatest power to preserve is in your hands. If we do not do it, who will?
  • Historic Preservation has long been recognized as an important and positive public policy throughout the United States, the state of Florida, and Broward County. With government as our guide we can establish direction, priorities, and advocacy.
  • Historic preservation has resulted in enhancing the quality and character of Broward County communities and neighborhoods, It rests in your hands with our help. We can all work together to preserve our heritage. ​

Rathbun 80 - dies six days shy of her 81st birthday.

 Towers Apartments, Fort Lauderdale

 First Lutheran Evangelical Church

 Annie Beck House MAINTENANCE

3rd Annual Historic Homes Holiday Tour 2018

  Current Projects

   F O R  H I S T O R I C  P R E S E R V A T I O N 




The Fun & Sun History of Fort Lauderdale Beach

How are Historic Resources Protected?



Fort Lauderdale Beach

​      ​​​Past Endeavors


​pages 20-23

Bill & Susan Telli, Steven Glassman, Terry Bean,

Michaela M. Conca, Laura F. Cray, Erica  Bennett and

Vice Mayor - Dean Trantalis

Annie Beck House


In 1977, Mrs. Beck`s home of 61 years at 334 E. Las Olas Blvd. was moved to 310 SE 11th Ave and in 2008 the house was moved to Middle River Terrace Park. It is now The Annie Beck Educational Center, home of The Broward Trust for Historic Preservation

2018 PROCLAMATION - Steven Glassman -  our New Commissioner leading the charge


On January 31st we gathered to say farewell to Merrilyn Rathbun, research director, historian, preservationist,  and believer in historical designations. Merrilyn worked on historic designation applications for many of the preserved properties in Broward County. She shared her expertise with hundreds of authors, teachers, and property owners through the years. Moreover, she ensured that Florence Hardy's newspaper files were updated each day. Greatly missed Merrilyn was a Fort Lauderdale treasure and we already feel the loss of her expertise.  We thank those who joined us to celebrate her life.

Donations in lieu of flowers should go to the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation.

******NEW OPINION ******

Written and Published July  28, 2017 by our very own Steven Glassman.  Go to our newest page "Latest Opinion" 




    HOME TOUR                     

As we grow in numbers, so does our ability to complete more historic designations and preserve more of our County’s built history. To join our cause or renew your membership, we suggest you visit Our annual membership dues are $35 for a single or $50 for a household membership. Thank you to those who already joined or renewed their memberships for 2019; if you have not, then please do so today!

The Trust has special needs for those with:

​​​​Fundraising, events planning, grant writing

knowledge of local architecture and history as guides for neighborhood walking tours.

Writing skills for articles, letters to editors, press releases, website/social media.

Public speaking skills for advocacy testimony.