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Fort Lauderdale's Historic Shippey House Given One More Chance

While preservationists moved Fort Lauderdale’s historic Shippey House more than three years ago to rescue it from demolition, the building still sits unrestored in Himmarshee Village near Riverwalk.


City commissioners have made a decision to demolish the house later this year unless its private supporters are able to make the promised renovations and find it a tenant.

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The century-old historic home was constructed in 1913 and belonged to Broward County’s second judge, Fred Shippey who presided the weddings of multiple celebrities including “Tarzan” star and swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller, among others at the home.


Aside from having a foundation put in and getting a fresh coat of paint, not much has happened to the building since it was moved nearly four years ago.


Jackie Scott, president of Friends of Shippey House and fellow supporters believe they can finish fixing-up the exterior of the building before the end of the year, although it's not clear they can find a tenant during that time.


Scott asked commissioners for six more months for her group to produce results.


"We don't have a whole lot of history in our city," Commissioner Romney Rogers told the Sun-Sentinel. "I think that means something to the fabric of the community."


Given that demolition appears to be the only alternative, the city was willing to give the project one last chance.


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