The National Register of Historic Places was created by Congress with the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as a way to recognize important historic sites in the United States. It was decided that the National Register would be a program of the National Park Service since this agency already ran the Historic American Building Survey and managed a significant number of historic sites located in national parks.
To be eligible for inclusion on the National Register, an individual archaeological or historic resource or district must meet very specific criteria related to its history, cultural associations and/or architecture or potential to yield scientific information, and must possess local, state or national significance. Since its inception in 1966, more than 1.4 million buildings, sites, districts, structures and objects have been included in the National Register of Historic Places.
The first National Register listing from Broward County, The New River Inn, occurred in 1972 while the most recent addition, as of May 2011, is the Dr. Kennedy Homes Historic District. In total, there are 31 listings in Broward County, including two historic districts. There are a variety of types of historic resources represented in the National Register in Broward County including public and private buildings, two structures, the Hillsborough Inlet Lighthouse and the North New River Canal Lock No. 1, and one underwater shipwreck, the Copenhagen. National Register resources are located in several Broward towns and cities including Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Lighthouse Point, Oakland Park and Pompano Beach.
This website presents each National Register of Historic Places listing in Broward County. It was developed by the Broward County Libraries Division – Historical Commission with special thanks to the Deerfield Beach Historical Society, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Hollywood Historical Society, the Oakland Park Historical Society and the Pompano Beach Historical Society for their assistance.
Map of The National Register of Historic Places in Broward County