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Church of The Redeemer

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Source: Sarasota County History Center

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The beginnings of Sarasota's Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in 1887 are closely woven with founder Col. John Hamilton Gillespie. The Grable building on Main Street served as its first meeting location, to be followed by a chapel on the East side of his property between Palm Avenue and Pineapple Avenue. It later moved to Strawberry Avenue and Palm Avenue. After that the property was sold and the congregation moved to Morrill Street for the next 40 years. When World War II concluded, another population boom resulted in the relocation of the congregation to a new structure on Gulf Stream Avenue.