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Stranahan House

Stranahan House
Stranahan House is the home of Fort Lauderdale pioneers Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Built in 1901 as a trading post and converted into a residence … See more


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Jan 15, 2023
This by far was the highlight of our visit to Ft. Lauderdale. John, was an excellent guide. He made us feel a part of the Stranahan family, understanding their life, struggles, and contributions t… Full review by Resort697187
Jan 14, 2023
A wonderful little gem of Florida history! My visit to the Stranahan House was easily one of the top highlights not only of my one-month trip to Fort Lauderdale but perhaps a top highlight for my pas… Full review by jandptompkins
Jan 8, 2023
We visited the historic home on a Sunday. John was our tour guide and he was a gem. He took his time to really explain the story of this beautiful home. He knew every detail and took so much delight … Full review by eahernandez513


Oldest Surviving Structure in the City
Stranahan House is a must-see for all visitors to Fort Lauderdale who want to immerse themselves in the history of this city. Stranahan House is the oldest surviving structure in the city, build in 1901. The house was originally not a home at all but a trading post. Frank and Ivy Stranahan constructed the building to be used as a community center as well as a center for trade. It also soon held a general store and bank. Eventually, in 1906, the Stranahans constructed a new building closer to the railroad for their business ventures and transformed this one into a home. After Frank's suicide, Ivy chose to remain in the house while renting rooms to Fort Lauderdale visitors. She also leased the lower portion of the house to restaurants, which remained in place even after Ivy's death in 1971. She left the house to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which sold the property to the Historical Society of Fort Lauderdale. Visitors can now tour the Stranahan House Museum where they can learn more about the history of the home and the Stranahans themselves. They will also learn about horticulture and agriculture of the region, Native American history and culture, literature and geography. Stranahan House is located at the east end of the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk. The home, once at the forefront of development in the area, is now nestled between condominiums, restaurants and a large parking garage. However, it still looks out over the New River as it did when it was first constructed over 100 years ago. Why You Should Visit - To learn about the earliest European settlers in Fort Lauderdale - To see the oldest surviving structure in the city Tips Visitors should plan their trip to Stranahan House in advance. Tickets are sold online and all tours of the home's interior are guided. There are only three tours each day. They are available from 1 to 3 PM. Each guided tour lasts one hour.

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