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Who Was I?

Quiz: Okay, I am certain you see me frequently on S. Washington Blvd. (301) and I have had many different businesses within my walls throughout the years. However, you now need to say who my architect was when I was built. Who Was I?

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Wilson Family Home

Video: In 1907 Dr. Wilson purchased the home located on the southeast corner of Ringling Boulevard and South Orange Avenue from Edgar Ferdon, a local architect. The house was not only the Wilson home, but also Dr. Wilson’s medical office.

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Sarasota Naval Militia

Article: More than a year before the United States entered World War I; Sarasota began to organize a naval militia division. In March 1916 an announcement in the Sarasota Times invited young men to meet at the Sarasota Yacht and Automobile Club ...

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Vintage Living

Real Estate: Explore unique properties in charming neighborhoods. From 1920 bungalows to post modern Sarasota School of Architecture your dream home awaits.

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Sarasota County History

photo: Arthur T. and Loretta P. Nelson House

Arthur T. and Loretta P. Nelson House

The Arthur T. and Loretta P. Nelson House is located at 4017 Swift Road on the northeast corner of Swift Road and Forest Lane. There are two historic resources on the property: a single story Frame Vernacular Style house with Craftsman influences, and a single-bay, frame garage. The garage was constructed first in approximately 1925, and lived in while the house was constructed in 1926.

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photo: Avondale Heights Subdivision

Avondale Heights Subdivision

In December 1913, Oscar and Alice Burton joined real estate developer and future Sarasota Mayor Arthur B. Edwards (1914-1915 and 1920-1921) and his wife Fannie in selling the land south of Hudson Bayou to the Sarasota Improvement Company. In 1915, the area, recorded as Avondale Heights Subdivision, was advertised as “a place for families of average means.”

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photo: Quotations in Contrast

Quotations in Contrast

A man does not have to work hard for a living in Sarasota…He can plant an orange grove at little expense and in a few years the trees will be bearing, and the fruit can be sold at a handsome price…The ground is so fertile and the climate so warm in Sarasota that two bountiful crops of vegetables can be grown each year…The town is small but very modern…The people there truly live an idyllic existence.
(An 1885 Edinburgh newspaper advertising a new Florida community)

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