VINTAGE REAL ESTATE
542 Ohio Lane
Tucked away on a peaceful street in historic Laurel Park, just moments from the heart of downtown Sarasota, this artful 1940s cottage with guest house is brimming with vintage character while being graciously attuned to today's lifestyle.
Who am I?
I have a well-known street named after me, and my Mom and brother and I affected Sarasota in many ways throughout our time here in the early 1900s. Who am I?
The Origin of the Name, Sarasota
Residents of Sarasota have long speculated about the origin of the name. A plausible sounding daughter Sara was invented for explorer Hernando de Soto, who landed in the Manatee River in 1538, complete with a tragic love story to dramatize a 1916 “Sara de Soto” pageant.
Harry Ben Rigby platted out his La Plaza Subdivision in 1925, and completed his unique enclave of Spanish Eclectic structures in 1926. They were perfect for him to house his family, and his Sarasota Real Estate Exchange office in their home, on the corner of Alta Vista and Osprey Avenue.
Bay Haven School
Bay Haven School is one of two elementary schools built in Sarasota from identical plans to accommodate population growth resulting from the 1920s real estate boom. Bay Haven and Southside Elementary were designed by architect M. Leo Elliott, a New York-trained practitioner with offices in Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando and St. Petersburg.
The Cornish Apartments were completed in late 1925 by Andrew Cornish, a successful local Realtor, as two duplex structures with a separate multiple-bay garage at the rear of the site. The two mirror-image structures are located at 1641 and 1647 Loma Linda Street in the Seminole Heights Subdivision.
A Typical Lunch Counter
This lunch counter could have been anywhere in the country, however this photo is of one in Ringling Shopping Center in the 1960s.
Greetings From Sarasota Florida
"Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!" Oops, in this case, lions, tigers and a gorilla. Judy Garland wouldn’t have cared either way, since she had a way with conquering all the challenges that came her way in “The Wizard of Oz.”