Heritage and Historic Sites

The City of Hallandale Beach is proud to be home to four Heritage sites and one historic site.


  
Tours
Curci House
1st Saturday each month 11 am - 4 pm

Historic Schoolhouse
3rd Saturday each month 12pm - 3pm

Curci House


Curci House


324 SW 2nd Ave



In 1907, Frank Anthony Curci, with his wife Rosina and three small children, settled in Hallandale Beach at SW 5th Avenue and West Dixie Highway. As a pioneer family, they struggled, yet grew prosperous by reinvesting their farming profits into land purchases, which they used for additional tomato fields and fruit groves. As the family grew to a total of eleven children, so did Curci’s vision as he expanded into the construction business. Mr. Curci spoke five
languages and was also an accomplished violinist, displaying his talents with the John Philip Sousa Orchestra during the 1896 grand opening of the Henry Flagler Royal Palm Hotel in Miami.

In 1924, the family built their dream home, “Villa Providence,” on their 11-acre site. This Mediterranean-style villa was constructed of concrete filled terra-cotta block walls, with Dade pine floors and imported Cuban tile details throughout. The most extraordinary feature was the array of imported Italian color glass that was
embedded in the exterior stucco finish. The Italian glass sparkled in the sunlight and glowed in the moonlight.

In 1926, when the Great Hurricane hit, dozens of nearby residents sought shelter with the family as their homes were damaged ordestroyed. The Curci home stood strong, sustaining only minor damage. Frank, Rosina and family lived in the home until the early 1950s.

Be a part of Hallandale Beach Legacy. Purchase your own part of history and buy an engraved memorial brick to be placed in the yard of the Curci House.
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Historic Schoolhouse


648 NW 2nd Street



The Historic Hallandale Schoolhouse was built in 1910, and is the oldest building in Broward County known to have been originally built as a schoolhouse. When the 1910 hurricane destroyed the school, local citizens petitioned the Dade County School Board (Broward was formed in 1915) for a new building. The School Board claimed that it lacked the funds to replace the school but offered to contribute the lumber and other materials necessary to build another school house. A group of Hallandale residents traveled to Miami, picked up the wood and supplies, and delivered it to the site of the first school. The two-room structure was built with by volunteer labor.

The last public school classes were held in the spring of 1916. The school sat abandoned for the next five years and in 1921 Bethlehem Lutheran Church purchased the building. The building served as a church learning center until 1966 when it was donated to the City and moved to its present location.

As time took its toll on the wooden structure, the City stepped in to preserve the historical landmark in the City’s evolution. The City’s Department of Public Works craftsmen worked diligently to bring the building back to life.

The Historic Hallandale Schoolhouse grand opening was held February 18, 2015. A Hallandale Beach Historical Site Sponsored by the Historical Preservation Trust and City Commission.