Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Oldest...But Not That Old

Florida - Stranahan House, Ft. Lauderdale

For: US to US Travelling Envelop Round Robin - Group 43
Notes: This is Stranahan House (the small building, not the Sun Bank).  It was built in 1901, which makes it the oldest home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but the oldest surviving building in Broward County (which includes the city of Miami).  When it was first built, it wasn't actually used as a home.  The first floor was a trading post and the second floor was a community hall.  By 1906, Frank Stranahan's business was going well, and he moved the trading post into a larger building closer to the railroad.  The former trading post was then renovated into a home for his family. After his death in 1929, his wife, Ivy, rented out rooms to visitors, and also leased the lower floor to a series of restaurants.  When she died in 1971, she left the home to the Seventh Day Adventists, who sold it to the Historical Society of Fort Lauderdale. They renovated it back to its 1915 appearance, and it opened to the public as a museum in 1984.

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