• Located at today's Gateway Shopping Center, the Clyde Beatty Zoo was the city's first tourist attraction.
  • Clyde Beatty's circus animals used to winter in Victoria Park. Old-timers still remember hearing the roars.
  • An aerial view of Fort Lauderdale in 1924. Victoria Park is being developed in the upper left.
  • Still in operation, the Gateway Theater screens art house and independent releases in Victoria Park.
  • North Federal Highway in 1952, looking north from the Gateway intersection.
  • East Sunrise Boulevard looking west from NE 15th Avenue.  The field to the left is Holiday Park.
  • Filmed on location in Ft Lauderdale,"Where the Boys Are" premieres at the Gateway Theater.
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At the turn of the last century, Mary Brickell recognized how special Victoria Park was.marybrickell

henryflaglerWhen developer Henry Flagler wanted to drive his Florida East Coast Railway through our oak hammock on his way to Miami, Mrs. Brickell (a force of nature in her own right), denied Flagler a right-of-way through what would eventually become Victoria Park.

She forced the train to curve west, and left our neighborhood to grow into the gem it is today (complete with those oaks).

For the past 90 years, Victoria Park has had a ringside seat to the development of Fort Lauderdale from a sleepy agricultural trading post into a vibrant metropolis.

Victoria Park is fortunate to sit atop an ancient coral ridge; because of that high ground, the area has been the historic crossroads of a growing community, bringing a cast of characters who continue to enrich our neighborhood.  

     

FORT LAUDERDALE INVENTORY OF HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT PROPERTIES      MAP

Victoria Park is home to about 30% of the properties on the map of city's historically significant properties.   As of 2014, there are 1748 residential buildings in Fort Lauderdale built before 1945 that are still standing.  Victoria Park is home to more than a quarter of them (494).

 

VICTORIA PARK AT THE CROSSROADS

Victoria Park developed at the middle of the region's transportation network -- an interesting story of how our neighborhood came to be.

 

PARISH HISTORY OF SAINT ANTHONY'S

Fr. Singleton, a retired parish priest, recently wrote a history of the Saint Anthony parish -- the oldest Catholic parish in Broward County.

 

ROB DRESSLER REMEMBERS

Robert Dressler, long-time resident of Victoria Park and former Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, reminesces about quieter times growing up in Victoria Park and city's planning efforts from the 1980s.

 

WILLIAM & MARY BRICKELL: FOUNDERS OF MIAMI & FORT LAUDERDALE  --  Book review by Peter Scott

Beth Brickell's life of the Brickells is also a history of the South Florida wilds at a time when the few hundred remaining Seminole Indians vastly outnumbered the white settlers. There was no regular mail service and there was not even a dirt road. She paints a vivid picture of life, early industry, Indian relations and the bitter feuds over land and political power on the Florida frontier.    The lawsuit that made Fort Lauderdale's riverfront public

  

PRESERVING OUR ORAL HISTORY

 

 

Architectural Walking Tour  REVAMP

 

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Architectural Walking Tour REVAMP: we need your help
Several years ago, the Aesthetics Committee created a Victoria Park walking tour and printed a brochure which explained several of the traditional architectural styles of houses in the neighborhood, and included a map showing examples of these styles.
The brochure needs updating, and we want to expand the criteria for houses to include most eras of homes in Victoria Park, from the Twenties through Mid Century and into the 21st Century. 
We want to include, and are looking for, suggestions for additional houses for the tour. Would you be willing to pay $25 as a donation to the Association to nominate your home, or to nominate another home that you believe is worthy of being on the tour? The funds will pay for brochure printing and -- hopefully -- assisting in the creation of an official Victoria Park archive which we hope will be maintained by the Broward County library system.
  
Please give us your opinion by e-mailing us: aesthetics@vpca.org
 
Just write: 
YES          -           I’m willing to donate $25 to submit an entry -- OR
NO           -           I’d like to submit an entry, but am NOT willing to pay $25
  
The deadline will be June 30, 2015 so we can move the project forward in a timely manner. THANK YOU for your help!