Tucked away along Second Avenue is Villa Providence. Better known as the Curci House, it was built in 1924, survived the great hurricane of 1926, and has stood the test of time for the past 90 years.Once a month, the historic home is opened up to the public to learn more about it and the Curci family.
During its long life, it has been home to the Curcis, a sanatorium and a yoga space. It later fell into disrepair and was shuttered until 2006.A restoration project was later started, and the home was opened to the public in 2011. Work provided restored terra cotta block walls, pine floors, Cuban tile and Italian glasswork.
In 2013, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. While only the first floor is available for tour, the home provides a look into Hallandale’s past.”This all started in 2003,” said James Curci, who is Frank Curci’s grandson and leads the tours. “There is so much history in that place, [and] they wanted to tear it down and build nine homes. [We preserved] the house, and they [eventually] got the idea to put the Moffitt House here too, and it became a historic village.”
Other visitors included Keven Klopp, the city’s director of development services, and Fran Markowitz, of the Hallandale Beach Historic Preservation Board.”[The tours mean] young people will know their history,” Markowitz said.
The home, at 324 SW Second Ave., is open for free tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month.Call 954-457-1452.