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El Vernona Main Dining Room

Photos: Sarasota History

Credit: Sarasota County History Center

Sarasota History - El Vernona Main Dining Room photo

The El Vernona Hotel was built by Owen Burns for his lovely wife, Vernona. It later became the John Ringling Hotel, and after that John Ringling Towers. This is a view of the main dining room with all its splendor.


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