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Postcards: Sarasota History

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Gulf Stream Avenue

his photo was about 50 years before U.S. 41 was rerouted from Main Street to Mound Street.

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Gulf Stream Avenue Docks along Sarasota Bay

A mid-1920s view of South Gulf Stream Avenue as seen from the American National Bank, Sarasota's second 'skyscraper' located at the corner of South Palm Avenue and Main Street.

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Gulf Stream Avenue Looking South

A view of Gulf Stream Avenue looking South. To the right, the Hover Arcade can be seen fronting Sarasota Bay.

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Gulf Stream Avenue Looking South Near Docks

A Southern view of Gulf Stream Avenue as viewed from where lower Main Street meets Sarasota Bay.

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Gulf Stream Avenue Viewed from Sarasota Bay

One of the grand homes that used to line Gulf Stream Avenue in Sarasota, Florida. Today multi-leveled condominiums have taken their place.

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Gulf View Inn Exterior

An exterior view of the Gulf View Inn Siesta Key as seen from the Gulf of Mexico. This 1925 hotel was completed in just sixteen days! It was only built to last a short while and was to be used as a place of entertainment and housing for investors lured to the area.

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Gulf View Inn Interior

An interior shot of the Gulf View Inn on Siesta Key. The outside was Mediterranean Revival in style and the interior showcased a hunting lodge theme.

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Holland Guest House

Guest houses were very popular in Sarasota before motels came into existence. They were a less expensive alternative than hotels.

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