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Grover and Pearl Koons House

Buildings: Sarasota History

Source: City of Sarasota public records
Credit: Sarasota History Alive
Location: 1360 13th Street, Sarasota, FL

Sarasota History - Grover and Pearl Koons House photo

The Grover and Pearl Koons house is significant on the local level for its representation of a relatively unaltered example of a Mediterranean Revival Style Bungalow. The style is characterized by its stucco exterior, and barrel clay tile parapet roof. Additionally the structure is associated with the Sarasota Land Boom during which time Bungalows of this style were constructed throughout the county.

The Koons House was built a wood frame house with composition roll roofing. It featured an open entrance vestibule with a barrel clay tile roof. On the east end, a port cochere allowed automobiles to stop at the house and then continue straight into the garage. The garage was connected to a photography studio.

The house has been named for Grover and Pearl Koons, its first owners. Grover and Pearl Koons occupied the house from 1927 to 1930. Drover Koons, a former editor and publisher of a newspaper in Hollansburg, Ohio, was a prominent photographer and publisher. He used the outbuilding, now the guesthouse, as a studio for his work. Koons specialized in commercial and portrait photographs. A number of Koons's photographs are on file at Sarasota County History Center. Many of these photographs document Sarasota Boom Time construction. Included in these are prints of the construction of John Ringling's winter home, Ca'd'Zan (House of John). The Ringling Museum purchased some of these photographs in 1999 to help in the museum's restoration. Koons died on December 31, 1941, in Columbus, Ohio.

The Grover & Pearl Koons House was locally designated by the City of Sarasota in 2000.