|Built 1920s - 1940s|
Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency
330 N Federal Hwy
, FL 33020
Web Address: http://www.downtownhollywood.com
The Hollywood Boulevard Historic Business District comprises 48 buildings located in the core of the historic business district of the city of Hollywood, Florida. The approximately 18-acre district is situated along both sides of Hollywood Boulevard between North 21st Avenue and the west side of Young Circle. Included in the district as contributing resources are thirty-four buildings constructed between 1912 and 1946 and two sites: Young Circle Park, which defines the eastern boundary of the district and Anniversary Park, which is found at the northeast corner of Hollywood Boulevard and North 20th Avenue. The majority of the buildings in the district are one and two-story masonry vernacular commercial structures with no, or very few, decorative details: however, a few buildings bear decorative details taken from styles that were popular in Florida during the period of significance for the area, particularly Mediterranean Revival and Moderne.
The Hollywood Boulevard Historical Business District contains one of the finest concentrations of 1920s commercial buildings in Broward County. “Construction began in 1921 when Joseph W. Young began building Hollywood and continued through the boom period. Many of Hollywood’s earliest and most prominent buildings were located in this district.”
The City of Hollywood spent millions of dollars to improve the lighting, sidewalks and streets in the area which in turn prompted the property owners in the district to restore their buildings to their original appearance. Preservation of the buildings is encouraged by federal and local tax breaks given to those who perform improvements. Property values have increased dramatically since the area was named to the National Register of Historic Places.
The district is comprised of 45 buildings, four objects (sculptural memorials), two parks (Young Circle and Anniversary) and one structure (a band shell). It covers approximately 18 acres and contains mainly masonry vernacular buildings most of which were constructed between 1921 and 1946. The Mediterranean Revival and Art Moderne styles are also represented in the various decorative details applied to some of the buildings. The district includes the 1924 Mediterranean Revival style Great Southern Hotel which was “...cited by the U.S. Department of the Interior as the area’s most notable structure.” “Hollywood Boulevard with its circles and central location has been an integral part of the appearance, character, and civic and economic life of Hollywood throughout its history.” Inviting restaurants, galleries and eclectic shops line the charming streets of this highly successful historic district.