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Who am I?

Quiz: My name was First Federal Savings and Loan and I was originally organized in 1934 by William Guy Shepard who was my first president.

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Belle Haven Apartments

Video: This week on Sarasota History Alive we explore a Mediterranean Revival structure designed by Dwight James Baum as the Broadway or El Vernona Apartments.

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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: Phillippi Creek

Phillippi Creek

Phillippi Creek is the only commonly known place name in Sarasota County that derives from the time when Spanish-speaking fishermen came from Cuba to fish the waters off the Southwest Florida coast.

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