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Charles Picket Home

Buildings: Sarasota History

Source: City of Sarasota public records
Location: 1731 Bay Street, Sarasota, FL

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The Charles Picket home located at 1731 Bay Street is a one-story stucco-over-tile block frame "bungalow" built in 1924. The Spanish style bungalow consists of two bedrooms, one bath, living and dining rooms, kitchen, front sunroom and sleeping porch. A dozen masonry vents allow for air circulation. The roof is flat with a built-up parapet with five exterior copper drain spouts and a stuccoed brick chimney appears on the west facade.

The home was built in 1924 by contractor M. L. Wread for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Picket. Picket worked as an engineer and served on the Sarasota City Commission in the 1920's.

He was the city engineer for several years. He built this house next to the home of his brother, Leon Picket who worked as the advance agent for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus for many years. The garage was even attached to Leon Picket's house and to this day both properties share a single existing wall. Picket built this house as a speculation house for a later resale during Florida's land boom.

Picket sold the house in 1926 to Mrs. Della Wooden who lived there with her daughter Betty until 1929 when the depression struck the country and the bank foreclosed. Betty Wooden later married and became Betty Service and served many years as the City of Sarasota's Librarian.

From 1929 to 1937, the house changed hands a couple of times and was rented briefly. Thomas H. Falor of Falor's Grocery, 456 Main Street lived here from 1932 to 1936.

In 1937, Charles Kenneth Dodd and his wife, Hazel purchased the house. Charles Dodd was born in Coloma, Michigan in 1894. He received a degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan and worked as an engineer until he enlisted in the Army for service in World War II. Dodd was a consulting engineer and owner of Dodd Engineering Company of Sarasota. Dodd was a member of BPOE Lodge #1519 and a member of Masonic Lodge #147 both of Sarasota. He died in 1972.

Hazel Dodd graduated from the University of Kansas as a music major and was an accomplished soloist in opera and musical productions. She lived in Sarasota at 1713 Bay Street until her death in 1978.

In 1979, the house was purchased by Sarasota Police Officer W. Arthur Cusick. Cusick added central air conditioning and heat, upgraded the electric and plumbing, added exterior canvas window awnings, a concrete driveway and Mexican tile work in the kitchen and front porch. Cusick collects and restores antique wood carousel horses. He also collects period furniture for the house restoring it to the way it may have originally appeared in the 1920s.

The Charles Picket Home was locally designated by the City of Sarasota in 1989.