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Frederickson House

Buildings: Sarasota History

Source: City of Sarasota public records
Credit: City of Sarasota
Location: 310 Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL

Sarasota History - Frederickson House photo

The "FREDERICKSON HOUSE" is a one story bungalow located at 310 South Osprey Avenue on the corner of Morrill Street in Rhodes Hale Subdivision near the intersection of Ringling Boulevard within the city limits of Sarasota, Florida.

It does appear on the 1929 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map as an overlay indicating construction after 1929 but prior to 1941. A few other bungalows in the immediate vicinity appear to have also been constructed during the post depression years.

During the 1920's, residential subdivisions were platted throughout an expanded Sarasota city limits. Cheap land prices and the promise of quick profits swept the city into a spiral of development. This decade brought unparalleled growth to Florida. Sarasota Downtown development was coupled with expanding suburban residential areas. Sarasota was fast replacing the fishing village image that it had with that of a developing resort community. Construction following the First World War produced what would become a modern city.

In 1925, nationally renowned land planner, John Nolen, established a comprehensive plan for Sarasota. His plan was intended to guide in the provision of adequate traffic circulation, utilities, and schools yet rapid development drastically altered Nolen's original plan. During 1925 and 1926 over five hundred structures were built, half of them residences.

Rhodes Hale Subdivision was platted in B.G. Rhodes and Henry "Farmer" Hale". Rhodes and Hale came to Sarasota in the early 1920s. They had known each other previously in their native state of Kentucky. Rhodes was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and Henry Hale was born in Mayfield, Kentucky and later moved to Louisville where he met Rhodes before coming to Sarasota'. During the time Rhodes lived in Sarasota, prior to his death in Texas in 1944, he had substantial real estate holdings in the city including the San Juan Apartments on Ohio Street, the Seminole Apartments, the Terrell Apartments and was part owner of the Louise Apartments on Laurel Street.

By late 1927, the Florida Land Boom had dissolved and many subdivisions remained incomplete and little new construction took place up until after WWII.

In June, 1937, B. G. Rhodes purchased the property from Hatie Mae Hale and, in October, 1939, sold the property to Rae E. and Margaret Anderson. Little is known about the Anderson's other than information taken from the 1936 and 1938 City Directories which indicate that the Anderson's lived in the LaVerne Apartments two buildings south of the subject structures and, in 1938, Anderson worked at the Plaza Cafe, a popular eating establishment in Sarasota at the time.

In 1939, the house was constructed by Gustaf and Anna Christina Frederickson. Gustaf Frederickson was a retired Standard Oil Company executive from Illinois who first came to Sarasota in 1937. They moved here permanently in 1939. The Frederickson's were both originally from Sweden.

The Frederickson House was locally designated by the City of Sarasota in 1992.