The Real Deal Miami

Ancient Broward home saved by move

December 12, 2011 03:28PM

One of the oldest structures in Broward County staved off demolition this weekend by moving about a half-mile to a city-owned lot on Southwest Third Avenue. There, the house, built in 1913 for Judge Fred Shippey will be restored and serve as a historic site and office space.

According to the Sun Sentinel, the house was slated to be demolished by a New York-based company that took control of the property after it went into foreclosure. But activist group Friends of Shippey House helped facilitate the move of the structure so as to protect it.

“Everyone recognizes that Florida’s history is a more recent history,” said Alysa Plummer, president of the friends group. “But this is one of the oldest structures in the county, and it should be preserved.” [Sun Sentinel]