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Lower Main Street Looking East

Photos: Sarasota History

Credit: Sarasota County History Center

Sarasota History - Lower Main Street Looking East photo

The Hotel Sarasota stands prominently in the left foreground in this 1920s photo of lower Main Street. The tall structure at Five Points is the Palmer First National Bank and Trust building. The Hotel Sarasota was our first 'skyscraper.'

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