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5342 Hidden Harbor Road

Discover Siesta Key at Hidden Harbor with stunning views of the bay and downtown Sarasota. Step back in time and enjoy all that this unique waterfront residence has to offer. Historic in age and timeless in architectural inspiration with hints of Ralph Twitchell and Jack West design expressed throughout.

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Who am I?

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I was a very popular watering-hole back in my day from 1940 until 1969 when I was so rudely torn down. My loyal patrons had to go elsewhere for their cocktails and other libations. Your task today is to think about where I was located, and to provide my name. Who am I?

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Old Caples Hall at New College of Florida

By: Lauren O'Neil-Butler; former Sarasota History Center intern

Historic Old Caples Hall, a hidden treasure located at 5315 Bayshore Road on the New College of Florida campus, has been a place of study, sport, and festive occasions for over fifty years.

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Our Vision for "The Bay"

Supporting historic preservation is something we all need to participate in, especially since so many important homes and buildings are rapidly being demolished to make way for high rises.

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Bay Haven School

Bay Haven School is one of two elementary schools built in Sarasota from identical plans to accommodate population growth resulting from the 1920s real estate boom. Bay Haven and Southside Elementary were designed by architect M. Leo Elliott, a New York-trained practitioner with offices in Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando and St. Petersburg.

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Cornish Apartments

The Cornish Apartments were completed in late 1925 by Andrew Cornish, a successful local Realtor, as two duplex structures with a separate multiple-bay garage at the rear of the site. The two mirror-image structures are located at 1641 and 1647 Loma Linda Street in the Seminole Heights Subdivision.

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A Typical Lunch Counter

This lunch counter could have been anywhere in the country, however this photo is of one in Ringling Shopping Center in the 1960s.

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Greetings From Sarasota Florida

"Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!" Oops, in this case, lions, tigers and a gorilla. Judy Garland wouldn’t have cared either way, since she had a way with conquering all the challenges that came her way in “The Wizard of Oz.”

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