Burns Realty Office
Photos: Sarasota History
Originally this was developer Owen Burns' Realty office. In this photo, Maderia Bickel, wife of Karl Bickel sits out front facing Broadway Avenue. Today that street is the North Tamiami Trail. Karl Bickel was President of United Press International and both he and his wife participated in many civic organizations to improve Sarasota.
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Drawn by the excellent fishing opportunities, Owen Burns came from Chicago to vacation in Sarasota in the spring of 1910. Attracted by real estate development possibilities, he stayed and helped turn Sarasota from a small fishing village into a vibrant city.