Parkside Neighborhood to become ´╗┐next Hollywood Historic District ?

Parkside was featured at the Hollywood Historical Society's 2007 Annual Home Tour to bring attention to this neighborhood that has many buildings and homes dating back to the birth of "Hollywood by the Sea". Parkside was part of the original neighborhood where development was initiated when the city's founder J.W.Young began his real estate venture that was "Hollywood by the Sea" in 1922. There is great momentum towards Parkside becoming a historic district which will be a great asset to the City, all its residents and visitors.

. Joseph.W Young


The Town Plan

In 1921, innovative developer Joseph W. Young foresaw a "'dream city" with 30,000 residents. Young's new town would be based on the scientific methods of controlled development fashionable during the 1920's "City Beautiful Movement." Young believed in new zoning techniques which designated separate sections for residential, business and industry but permitted some mixed use with apartments and hotels in the single family neighborhood and apartments above retail stores.

Hollywood's original town plan is its most important historic resource. The original town boundaries were Washington Street on the south, Johnson Street on the north, 44th Avenue on the west and the beach on the east. The first plat filed for Hollywood By the Sea (Hollywood's original name) was Central Hollywood, the nucleus of Young's new town. Land was allocated for a school and a circle park. A large parcel of land was set aside for the Hollywood Golf and Country Club.

Prior to settlement, Hollywood was a vast wilderness of pine woods, marshlands and mangroves. Wild tangles of swamp growth were diligently removed to create Young's envisioned tropical paradise. Untamed vegetation was replaced with trees and shrubs that included Coconuts, Royal Palms, Bougainvillea, Pithecellobium, Hibiscus, Pandanus, Ixora, Poinsettias, Eucalyptus, Oleanders, Mangos, Citrus and Avocado.

Hollywood was to be a city made beautiful through creation of parks, landscaped boulevards, harmonious architecture, focal points and vistas. Young selected Spanish and Moorish architecture as being compatible with South Florida's climate and his landscape preferences. The buildings, featuring arches, domes, balconies, red tile roofs, pastel-hued stucco wall and tile floors, were a source of pride to early residents.

Young designed a hierarchy of boulevards, avenues and streets. Hollywood Boulevard, upon its completion, was termed "Florida's widest paved street." Lined with Royal Palms and ornamental lights, Hollywood Boulevard became a grand entrance to the town center and created an axial view to the beach. Three circles were integrated into the boulevard to create focal points.

Known as the "'Diamond" of Florida's Gold Coast, today the City of Hollywood encompasses 27 square miles along the Atlantic Ocean. In 1994 the City adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance and appointed a Historic Preservation Board for the purpose of preserving the fine examples of Joseph Young's original Hollywood. A conservation effort has begun to protect those properties which have historical, architectural and archaeological merits by designating local historic districts and sites. The Historic Hollywood Business District, Harrison and Tyler Streets Historic District, Historic Lakes Section, and six individual sites have been designated as local historic resources.


 Hollywood Boulevard  1925 Broward Historical Commission
The Historic Hollywood Business District    

Joseph W. Young
The Historic Hollywood Business District is the core of the first platted area of Central Hollywood. This planned commercial district was designed by Joseph W. Young in 1921. From 1921 to 1926 the downtown business district saw continuous growth.

The Historic Hollywood Business District still functions as Main Street for the residents. Unlike suburbs where one residential street may comprise a neighborhood, the traditional neighborhood has important ties to downtown. In all traditional neighborhoods shops are within a fifteen minute walk.

The recent revitalization of Harrison Street as a hub of art and music and Young Circle's growing popularity for organized events are helping to enhance this neighborhood's appeal. Residents are developing a renewed appreciation of our mild climate by streetside dining, strolling along the sidewalk, window shopping and enjoying other amenities offered by the area.

The Historic Hollywood Business District encompasses Hollywood Boulevard from 21st Avenue to the west side of the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Young Circle. The District has played an integral part in the City's social, civic and economic life since its development. Many of Hollywood's most prominent early buildings, though greatly altered, continue to serve the community.

Source : Hollywood City website.

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