Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation

  • Historic preservation creates jobs in Florida and in the United States.
  • Historic preservation contributes to state/local and federal tax collections.
  • Historic Preservation creates in-state wealth.
  • Rehabilitation of historic properties in Florida is a multi-billion-dollar business.
  • Florida visitors spend billions visiting historic sites.
  • Investments through the Florida Main Street Program are revitalizing downtowns and original commercial corridors, thus bringing citizens, visitors and dollars back to the heart of the communities throughout the state.
  • The Florida Historic Preservation Grants Program supports rehabilitation and tourism, and as a result enriches the state’s economy.

There is TREMENDOUS VALUE in getting your home designated.  Here is why:


First, a simple definition of Historic Preservation is the "identification, protection and enhancement of historic resources."

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation defines an historic resource as "any prehistoric or historic district, site, building, object, or other real or personal property of historical, architectural, or archaeological value, and folk life resources.  Historic preservation in communities has been shown to boost local economies by creating jobs, increasing property values, and bringing in heritage tourism dollars.

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What Are the Benefits of having my Property designated

our  leadership team

Our Vision is a County that believes in preserving its historic resources and sites to enhance its identity, economy and quality of life. We feel that we have that responsibility to future generations.​

We collaborate with and support other preservation groups to help build the bridge with developers, elected official and corporate leaders to preserve our County.

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Meet Our Board of Directors:

Michaela M. Conca, President
Hartland McDonald, Vice President

Erica Bennett, Recording Secretary
Terry Bean, Treasurer and Web Person
HPB Liason, Dave Parker
Marla Dumas, Director

Pamela Barta, Director

April Kirk, Director

Our Vision & Goals

Why it matters

While Broward County is only 100 years young, we have built a history worth preserving.  With historic preservation comes tax incentives and many other benefits for property owners.


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Criteria For Designation

A Definition of Historic Preservation


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According to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s historic preservation ordinance or code, the criteria for the designation of a local landmark or district must be based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Its value as a significant reminder of the cultural or archaeological heritage of the city, state, or nation.
  • Its location is a site of a significant local, state, or national event.
  • Its identification with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the development of the city, state, or nation.
  • Its identification as the work of a master builder, designer, or architect whose individual work has influenced the development of the city, state, or nation.

The building, site, structure or group of buildings has significant architectural or aesthetic significance if it has the following attributes:

  • The value of the building is recognized for the quality of its architecture, and sufficient elements showing its architectural significance.
  • Its distinguishing characteristics of an architectural style valuable for the study of a period, method of construction, or use of indigenous materials
  • Its character as a geographically definable area possessing a significant concentration, or continuity of sites, buildings, objects or structures united in past events
  • Its character as an established and geographically definable neighborhood, united in culture, architectural style or physical plan and development              
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  • The designation of Local Historic Districts and Landmarks have been found to:
  • Increase neighborhood stability and property values
  • Preserve the physical history of the area
  • Promote an appreciation of the physical environment
  • Foster community pride and self-image by recognizing a unique sense of place and local identity
  • Increase the awareness and appreciation of local history
  • Increase tourism
  • Attract potential customers to businesses
  • Create local construction jobs while fostering skilled tradesmen
  • Wondering whether your property can be designated? Go to or your local municipality to get more information