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Joseph & Florence Glennon House

Buildings: Sarasota History

Source: City of Sarasota public records
Credit: Sarasota History Alive
Location: 750 Hudson Avenue, Sarasota, FL

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The Joseph and Florence Glennon House is a simple one-story Frame Vernacular single family residence located at 750 Hudson Avenue, Sarasota, Florida. The house and its historically associated detached one car garage were completed c. 1936. The house and garage are historically significant and exemplify and reflect the relatively dormant period of Florida and Sarasota economic development during the Depression that resulted in minimal residential construction during that period.

Frame Vernacular Architecture

Vernacular architecture has dominated Florida from the beginnings of its settlement until the present. Up until about World War II, this type of architecture was wood-frame construction of self-taught builders, often passed from one generation to the next. These buildings' traditions resulted from the builder's experience, available resources, and responses to the local environment. Residential buildings and their ancillary structures made up the most common wood frame building type.

Frame Vernacular construction continued to develop and mature over time as building and framing techniques were improved upon. In 1910, a change in frame construction took place in Florida when platform framing became widely used. With this method, each floor was constructed independently. Shorter studs were erected upon wooden platforms to support the overlying platform or roof. This framing method was simpler and sounder than the balloon framing it replaced.

Historic Context

By 1927, the great Florida Land Boom that overtook the state during the 1920s came to an end. With the stock market crash of 1929, the country was experienced the Great Depression. The citrus industry was seriously impacted with a lack of demand for oranges and grapefruit. Sarasota, building in Sarasota came to "dead halt" which put a great number of local men out of work. The city's finances were in poor condition and public improvements could not be undertaken. The unemployment problem persisted. Federal funds first came to the city in October, 1932.

Living costs were low but the only jobs provided were for menial jobs. In October 1935, Sarasota was awarded its first Projects Administration project which involved the drainage of the golf course. Nine other WPA projects were approved. The Osprey Avenue bridge was widened, the Orange Avenue storm sewer was laid, three miles of sidewalks were built, Luke Wood Park was developed and beautified, streets were rebuilt, and swamps were drained. Civilian Corps were employed for six years at Myakka State Park building roads, picnic facilities and cabins, and clearing out underbrush to establish the state park. Other Depression era projects included the construction of Bayfront Park and the Municipal Auditorium and the WPA funded Lido Beach Casino.

Historic Information

On November 27, 1936 Joseph M. and Florence G. Glennon purchased Lot 3, Block 3, Whitaker's Addition Subdivision, and the subject structures.

Joseph Glennon was born in Thomaston, Connecticut. He was the son of William and Bridget Glennon. Glennon served in World War I in Bordreux, France as a member of Company C Infantry, 2nd Division, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart after being severely wounded in action in July of 1918. Glennon lived in Thomaston for many years after the war where he served as a fireman with Crescent Hose Company No. 2 of the Thomaston Fire Department. He was employed as a butcher in Thomaston stores. Glennon married Florence Griffin, a native of Warren, Connecticut.

Joseph and Florence Glennon came to Sarasota from Warren, Connecticut in 1933. Mr. Glennon became employed at Mac's Food Store, as a meat cutter. He and his wife became members of the Congregational Church of Sarasota. Mr. Glennon was a member of the American Legion. After renting a house at another Sarasota location for a short time upon coming to Sarasota, they purchased the subject property. According to the 1936 Sarasota City Directory, they were living in the house. Both Mr. and Mrs. Glennon resided in the house until their deaths, Mrs. Glennon in 1986, and Mr. Glennon, at the age of 98, in 1989.

Mr. and Mrs. Glennon never had children and upon Mr. Glennon's death, ownership of the property passed to their niece, Beverly Moore.

The Joseph & Florence Glennon House was locally designated by the City of Sarasota in 1999.

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