A place is known for its culture, people, and, most significantly, its historical sites and events.
One of those locations is Sarasota – a beautiful city that is located just south of Tampa on the Florida’s Gulf Coast, renowned winter quarters of the Ringling Family.
Established by European settlers, Zara Zote retained its Spanish name as Sara Sota. In 1884 a separate postal designation was issued under federal regulations, and Sara Sota became Sarasota.
Sarasota took an important place in the history of the State of Florida during the settlement after the Civil War and Great Depression recovery.
Portrayed as a tropical paradise, nowadays Sarasota is an epicenter of luxury real estate, mid-century modernist architecture, enticing powdery sand beaches, five-star resorts, mesmerizing sunsets and antiquity.
Altogether, this place is meant to take your breath away with its beauty and style!
The American National Bank
(Orange Blossom Hotel)
American National Bank Building (The Orange Blossom Hotel) is a significant historical and architectural landmark of the city.
It was one of the top-rated hotels, and one of the three earliest skyscrapers build in Sarasota.
Designed by architect Francis P. Smith from Atlanta, it marks its significance in the history by depicting neo-classical revival architecture.
Up until 1928, The American National Bank housed in its “sumptuous bank quarters”, driving the early development of Sarasota, benefiting its growth and expansion.
Several years later, in 1936, the building was converted into an apartment-hotel, and in 1946, when the Orange Blossom Hotel Corp. was formed, it became a high-class hotel accommodation for movie stars and politicians.
The building was designated as a historic landmark in 1998 and remains its elegance and style as it was in 1926 under the name of Orange Blossom Tower.
Artistic view of the Burns Court District
Burns Court District is another example of the outstanding classical architecture of Sarasota. Each bungalow reflects the most remarkable and beyond any comparison Mediterranean style with masonry construction.
The Burns Court was completed in 1925 by Owen Burns – a well-known developer of Sarasota.
Thomas Reed Martin of Martin Studios of Sarasota designed the layout of the district.
He worked on every detail to create this masterpiece.
Each building was designed to be climate adaptable despite the season with a comfort level that remains at its peak.
Burns Court imitates the magnificent artistic hand work.
A walk through History at Chidsey Library
Chidsey Library surely is among the most famous buildings in Sarasota. Developed by John and Ida Chidsey, it is the first library built within the city limits.
Before the construction, small spaces were allocated in different buildings, then converted into libraries.
Chidsey Library was the first building solely dedicated to becoming a house for books and knowledge, to which the public could have easy access.
The Library is located at 701 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
Nowadays it is a museum, Education Centre, and Florida Studies Research Library managed by the Friends of Sarasota County History Center, Inc. The museum articulates the Sarasota’s history and culture precisely.
Sarasota is a great place to spend a weekend away from the noise and jeopardy of a big megapolis.
Savoring unique architecture, culture, and coastal recreation, you will not be left disappointed with what it has to offer.
Great dining, all night long entertainment, and water activities are just a few to name.
Take a closer look at what this beautiful city holds for you, and, who knows, maybe you will want to stay there a little bit longer and live there!