Built in 1925, Registered September 1989
1055 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood , FL 33019

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The private residence of J.W. Young, the promoter/developer of the City of Hollywood, Florida.  Young also planned the city of Long Beach, California, and brought his ideas to Hollywood with the intent of establishing a movie colony and vacation paradise to compete with the one on the West Coast.  He also participated in the development of Port Everglades.  In 1925, Hollywood was incorporated and Young was elected mayor.  He envisioned a totally planned community.  He planned the city, built the streets and sidewalks, erected hotels and apartment houses, and developed the beach area.  Young planned every detail for the city on a grand, elegant scale.  His home reflects the style and optimism that prevailed during the land rush.  Unquestionably, Young’s home is among the most historically and architecturally impressive residences in Broward County.,  Architecturally unique in every respect, it stands as a monument to Young and reflects the opulence of the early 1920s. 

During the 1920s Florida land boom, at 1055 Hollywood Boulevard was the residence of Joseph W. Young, designer and founder of Hollywood, a made-to-order city.  Young oversaw every detail in the development of Hollywood.  “An urban developer, Young sought to protect environmental quality, prevent misuse of land and enhance property values by guiding Hollywood’s growth and development.  He introduced to South Florida the concepts of a physical grid for the town’s layout, building restrictions, zoning and oceanfront development.  Young also championed the creation of present-day Port Everglades, located between Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale.  Through the early application of growth management tools, Young stimulated and encouraged the creation of residential neighborhoods in attractive surroundings.”

The 1926 hurricane devastated Young’s dream city and the bottom fell out of South Florida’s booming real-estate market.   Young lost control of much of his Hollywood holdings as a result of lawsuits and other legal actions.   Not disillusioned, he continued to invest in land.  In 1934, he died of heart failure in the study of his Hollywood home.

One of the first residences constructed in Hollywood Young’s Mediterranean Revival style dwelling was built for $25,000.    The 6000 square-foot house was designed by the prominent Indianapolis architects, Rubush and Hunter, who also designed the Indianapolis City Hall and, locally, the Hollywood Beach Hotel and the Flamingo Hotel on Miami Beach.  “The house displays all the classic features of Mediterranean Revival style architecture such as an inner courtyard, various types and levels of roofs, balconies, balconets, loggias, arches, parapets, scuppers, enriched corbels and medallions.  Materials include red clay barrel tile, terra cotta, stucco, heavy timbers and wrought iron.  Large stone urns flank the major entrances.”     The house has a bell tower, inner courtyard and elegant pool.  “The interior of the house is distinguished by hardwood or clay tile floors; heavy beamed, twelve-foot ceilings; wrought iron gates and fixtures, arches, and stuccoed or rough plastered walls.”  

The house has been in the possession of many owners over the years, some of whom have been more sensitive than others in retaining its unique historical characteristics.  Fortunately, the original architect’s blueprints exist.  The elegant 23-room mansion was renovated and restored to its former grandeur in the late 1980s, only to be later abandoned.  It is currently being restored again.