Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club added to National Register of Historic Places

The Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club, a small, concrete-and-stucco community center in the heart of downtown, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more than 100 years, the club has served as a meeting place for social, political and educational change, led originally by “mother of Fort Lauderdale” Ivy Julia Cromartie Stranahan, the application for historic status says.

“The seemingly ever-evolving city has a modern theme, with few surviving historic buildings,” the application says.

Yet it’s not the Mediterranean Revival architecture or artistry that qualifies it for the National Park Service designation, the application said, nor the fact that it was the city’s first architecturally designed building. Rather, its main significance was its role in the social evolution of the city, and its association with Stranahan, one of the city’s standout pioneer women.

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