The Florida Stories app from the Florida Humanities Council showcases landmarks in different cities that help tell the narrative of an area, as to create an audio walking tour. A recent update added landmarks within Fort Lauderdale such as the New River Inn and the Philemon Bryan House.
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Philemon Nathaniel Bryan House
The Bryan Building has played many roles within its storied history. It has served as the home for Thomas Bryan, a member of an influential pioneer family in Fort Lauderdale, as one of Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s first hotels, and now as an office and retail space. Its presence serves as a landmark for the moment when Fort Lauderdale was beginning to be seen as a destination in lieu of simply being a stopping point.
Burdines Department Store
Burdines as a company began in 1896 when the first store was opened in Miami. The store’s merchandise began to change over time as their market began to change, from outdoor working equipment to high-end clothing and goods. The Fort Lauderdale branch of Burdines was to be the first store opened after WWII, and stood as a symbol of Fort Lauderdale’s evolution as a luxury district and a technologically advanced city. Today, the building serves its purpose as the Broward County Governmental Center.
Broward County Main Library
The library is a prime example of how the features of Brutalism architecture can be reimagined for more tropical climes. As you tour the exterior of the building, observe how the architects allowed for the circulation of air and light within the design, while incorporating color into the exterior. Features such as an open-air atrium in the center of the building allow for library patrons to enjoy the sunshine and some greenery, while outdoor statues and tile murals place pops of color cut through the building’s minimalist style.
Invasive Species Brewery
While you trek throughout 2nd Avenue, you’ll find the contemporary next to the antique. While Invasive Species Brewery isn’t a stop on the tour, it’s nearby a few of them, and symbolizes how Fort Lauderdale became an entertainment complex. This locally owned brewing company hosts an ever-rotating selection of drafts, with efforts to source ingredients from local suppliers when possible. A Mo’ Money Mosaic IPA goes well with the live music and food trucks that this brewery hosts every weekend.
When you purview these landscapes on your walking tour, you’ll get a sense of how the residents lived, designed, and even how they entertained themselves. As time passed and humanity was more able to pursue their own interests, concert halls, shopping complexes, and outdoor areas became hot spots for entertainment, in lieu of smaller gathering circles in communities and meet ups with close friends. Lying along the shores of the Tarpon River, Riverwalk Park is one such example of a modern entertainment complex. It’s not a stop on the app’s tour, but it’s a great example of how much Fort Lauderdale has changed over the past few years. Extensive green spaces and proximity by the waterfront lets residents kayak down the river, explore the park, or kick back and enjoy the sunshine. Classes ranging from photography to yoga let them find something that they love, as well. More than a park, it serves as downtown Fort Lauderdale’s social center.
As a city, Fort Lauderdale combines the old and the new effortlessly. Many of the area’s original buildings stand next to their more modern reinterpretations. The Royal Pig Pub is a straight drive down from historic The Floridian diner, the Pioneer House Museum is only steps away from the shops at Downtown Fort Lauderdale, and the Stranahan House is a few minutes walk away from 100 Las Olas.
Can’t get enough fun and you’re ready to call Fort Lauderdale home? Here’s a new addition to the skyline that may be the perfect address. 100 Las Olas is currently under construction and will become Fort Lauderdale’s tallest residential building. The 46-story building will include 113 luxury residences beginning on the 16th level, 238 hotel guest rooms, a lobby bar, dining and retail space. The residences at 100 Las Olas feature contemporary open great room plans ranging from 1,811 sq. ft. to 5,281 sq. ft., designer kitchens ideal for entertaining and expansive terraces with glass railings designed to provide unobstructed water and long-range views of the Fort Lauderdale skyline.
Residents of 100 Las Olas will be immersed in the urban vibe of Las Olas, while enjoying an unprecedented level of service. Condo owners will enjoy a wide array of resort-style amenities reserved exclusively for residents, including a private roof top resort-style pool with private cabanas and fire pit lounge, a Residents’ Club Room with catering kitchen and club bar, a Casual News Room, and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center.
100 Las Olas is the only for sale condominium in downtown and is just 10 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. The Sales Gallery is open daily at 200 Las Olas Boulevard and features a full-scale architectural model and designer kitchen. To schedule a private appointment, please call 954.800.6263.