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Lynn L. Silvertooth House

Buildings: Sarasota History

Source: City of Sarasota public records
Location: 1616 Oak Street, Sarasota, FL

Sarasota History - Lynn L. Silvertooth House photo

The Lynn L. Silvertooth House is a one-story masonry Craftsman-Style residence located at 1616 Oak Street and was constructed in 1924.

Although the architect and builder are not known, it is possible that the house was constructed by M.L. Wread. Wread was a local builder who advertised his services regularly in the Sarasota Times during the 1920s. Wread was a building contractor who came to Sarasota in about 1919. An article dated June 24, 1924 in the Sarasota Times, announced Mr. Wread's plans to start construction of two houses on Oak Street for $10,000 each. One was to be built for Mrs. McGinty and was to be of Moorish type architecture and the other was to be Spanish and the new home of Mr. Wread. Both houses were to be built of hollow clay tile and stucco. According to Mr. Wread's granddaughter, Wread himself drew up the plans for his houses. Upon an examination of Sarasota City Directories for the 1920s and 1930s, no record of Mrs. McGinty or Mr. Wread residing on Oak Street exists perhaps indicating that the houses were sold to others upon completion. Wread moved to Georgia in the late 1930s or 1940s, but his son continued in the building business in Sarasota for a number of years.

Lynn L. & Mildred Gill Silvertooth

The first owners/occupants of the subject property were Lynn L. Silvertooth and his wife, Mildred Gill Silvertooth. Mr. Silvertooth was born in Antioch, Tennessee. He was a World War I veteran. He came to Sarasota from Fayeteville, Tennessee in 1919 and was first employed selling automobiles. Mrs. Silvertooth, was the daughter of Jo Gill who came to Sarasota with his family in 1919 from St. Petersburg, Tennessee where he was president of a bank. Gill's first position in Sarasota was as City Clerk for approximately 4 years. He then went to work at the Bank of Sarasota as cashier and worked his way up to President. In 1932, the bank closed and he went to Plant City as manager of the Plant Hotel.

He returned to Sarasota and became a prominent Sarasota real estate man with the Gill-Thomas, later Gill-McCully real estate firm. His daughter, Mildred Gill, met Lynn Silvertooth in Sarasota in about 1923 and they were married in September of 1924. Upon their return from their honeymoon in October they took up residency in the just completed structure. According to Silvertooth's nephew, John Gill, the Silvertooths rented the home to John Ringling North during the late 1920s or early 1930s and temporarily lived elsewhere.

In 1942, Mr. Silvertooth became an insurance agent with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company which he was employed by until his retirement in 1970. He was an elder and deacon with the First Presbyterian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Silvertooth and their son, Lynn Silvertooth, III (who later became a respected judge in Sarasota), continued to occupy the house until about 1945 at which time, Mr. and Mrs. Silvertooth moved to another house on Pomelo Street in Sarasota.