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First National Trust Company Headquarters

Buildings: Sarasota History

Source: City of Sarasota public records
Credit: Sarasota History Alive
Location: 1586 Main Street, Sarasota, FL

Sarasota History - First National Trust Company Headquarters photo

The two-story, three bay buff brick Neoclassical Revival Style building located at 1586 Main Street, was built prior to 1929 and served as the headquarters of the First National Trust Company of Sarasota. They specialized in the issuance of insurance, bonds and mortgage loans, and in 1926 it was estimated that the bank had already issued millions of dollars in mortgage loans thereby having accomplished "an invaluable mission in the building of Sarasota..."

By 1931 the building was sold to the Kickliter Brothers Hardware and Paint Company. They supplied hardware for many construction sites, and having survived the building depression, supplied hardware equipment for the Payne Building, located at 27 South Orange Avenue, which was designed by Thomas Reed Martin and completed by October of 1936.

The primary significance of this structure lies in the sophisticated design of the Neoclassical Revival Style structure with its skillful massing and the fine craftsmanship which includes cast tile, figurative plaques of square, rectangular and diamond patterns which are used at the cornice frieze. Monumental two-story buff brick and concrete trim pilasters provide vertical tension and monumentality to the two-story building. Terminating in post parapets which are topped by finely executed cast metal Neoclassical urns with twisted finial knobs, the brick pilasters unify the three-bay façade design. Number 1586 Main Street is one of the few examples of Neoclassical Revival Style structures that still survive in the City of Sarasota.

1586 Main Street is not a designated building by the City of Sarasota, though it qualifies for this historic distinction.

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