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Postcards: Sarasota History

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El Vernona Hotel - a.k.a. John Ringling Hotel

The El Vernona Hotel was build by Owen Burns to honor his beautiful wife, Vernona Hill Freeman of New York. It was designed by architect Dwight James Baum and was described by experts as "the most perfect example of Spanish architecture in Florida."

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Federal Building

The construction of the Federal Building as a U.S. Post Office, was accomplished with the assistance of WPA money and completed November 10, 1934. It cost $110,000 to build.

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Federal Building Southwestern View

A view of the U.S. Post Office, a.k.a, the Federal Building in Sarasota, Florida. Sarasota was also fondly promoted as "The Air-Conditioned City."

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First Baptist Curch

A view of the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Sarasota, Florida.

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First Methodist Episcopal Church

A view of the Methodist Episcopal Church formerly located on South Pineapple Avenue.

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Five Points Looking South on Pineapple Avenue

A section of Five Points as it looked in the 1920s. This view is at the corner of Main Street and South Pineapple Avenue.

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Florasota Gardens

The birds-eye view of the Florasota Gardens apartment/hotel complex along Hudson Bayou in Sarasota, Florida.

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Florasota Gardens - a Peaceful Lagoon

The lagoon adjacent to Florasota Gardens in Sarasota, Florida.

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