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Newsletter December 10, 2014

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:00 am
by Editor

Happy Holiday Season

Christmas comes but once a year, and it is never too early to wish you a Merry Christmas. For all our non-Christian friends, we wish you a happy and spiritual time of year, whatever your beliefs or non-beliefs may be. 

(Image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)

Drive By Gem

This is a different look to most Med Rev’s you see around Sarasota. I particularly like the front porch overhang, on this lovely home in the Bungalow Hill section of town. I could spend hours walking around that neighborhood, to take in all the special properties that express many creative ideas of their owners.



Just Jane

The most fun highlight of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Harold Bubil’s stint, so far at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, this week was the his presentation by local Realtor-whiz, Kim Ogilvie, of a special “For Sale By Owner’s Wife” sign.  A large, friendly crowd was on hand to wish Harold 40 more years at the paper, as he reminisced about the “good ole days” when Lakewood Ranch was still a ranch, I-75 didn’t yet exist and the news print type was set in lead, after he’d type his sports column copy on an old, manual typewriter. Carl Abbott, world-famous architect was there, as were historians, Jeff LaHurd and Joe King, and a large contingent of Harold’s friends and fellow columnists, old and new!
Congratulations, Harold and we look forward to many more years of your articles to keep us enlightened. So sorry that we had to rush home to join our dinner guests, who had already let themselves in and opened the wine!
Just wanted to alert you to a price reduction on that adorable, restored home at 1715 Prospect Street. We bumped into Realtor, Betsy DeManio, who mentioned the owners have now slightly lowered the price to $869,000. It’s just waiting for a young family, who love to entertain. It would also make a great Christmas present, all tied up with a big red bow.
Happy Holidays! Let us know if you’d like YOUR home listed in our Vintage Real Estate section, as long as it’s 50 yrs old, or more.  

Pretty as a Picture

As with The Ringling, I haven’t been to Sarasota Jungle Gardens in quite a while. Who has time these days, and “Season” has just begun. In any event, I have always been a fan of the flamingo, whether they used as yard ornaments, graced forgotten neon signage on the North Trail, or are simply eating-out-of-your-hand at the long-standing attraction within Indian Beach.
(Image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Postcard of the Week

Gosh, I haven’t been to “The Ringling” in about a year. Shame on me! The whole complex has much to offer, but I thoroughly enjoy being in the courtyard of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Too much sun? Well, just head into the shade of the colonnades, and you can still enjoy the view. Maybe someone will give me a day’s pass for Christmas.

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources, Lesa Kenny Collection)




Osprey School

Having been vacated by the School Board in 1989, the building stood empty until restoration work began in June 1995. It is now the visitor center for Historic Spanish Point.

The Osprey School was one of eight built in Sarasota, Osprey. Laurel, Nokomis and Englewood during the land boom of the 1920s. The rapid population growth during that period forced the Board of Public Instruction to launch a building program that provided students and faculty with much needed modern and adequate facilities.

Tampa architect M. Leo Elliot, designer of Bay Haven and Southside elementary schools and Sarasota High School, drafted plans for the Osprey School. Limited to $30,000 for construction, the board rejected all the original bids as too high. After Elliot modified his design, the board accepted a construction bid of $19,306. The limited budget resulted in a design much simpler and less decorative than the one used for Southside and Bay Haven schools. It still retained, however, the elements of the Spanish Colonial Revival style that was so popular during the 1920s.

The one-story, six-rooms-in-a-line school was laid out to take advantage of cross breezes for cooling. An exterior hallway on the west shaded classrooms from the afternoon sun. The school initially housed first-through ninth-grade students from the Osprey and Vamo areas. Although born in the Land Boom, the Osprey School soon felt the effects of the bust and subsequent Depression. Read more...

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)

Yesterday's Sarasota Calendar

Tomorrow in 1967, Sarasota’s current City Hall was dedicated, as the city’s first mayor, A.B. Edwards cut the ribbon. Edwards, a native Sarasotan was ninety-three years young at the time of the dedication. The building cost $500,000 to construct.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Who was I?

The winner of our last contest was Judi Huguenin Maxwello. Congratulations!

Since so many people easily guessed the correct answer to the last quiz, I will have to make it more difficult this go-round.

I was a unique and stunning building, and served many purposes. In my early days, I even hosted gambling upstairs for only the well-connected. I was demolished way before my time, and I was sad to leave the area to be replaced with a parking garage. This photo of my interior is the only view I'm going show you; otherwise I might turn out as easy as the last quiz. Your challenge – Who Was I? 


Click here to submit your answer, as well as view the correct answer to the last challenge.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Your award this week is a beautiful vintage-looking Florida Map Dish Towel, provided by Larry McLeod who produces Marketing Collateral Services, that include: Graphic Design for brochures, and flyers, Photography and Video, Web site design and management, Email Campaigns, Banners, Signs, Trade Show graphics, and 2D and 3D Animation.


You can contact Larry at 941-224-3020, or email him at: larrymcleod@verizon.net

If you would like to be a sponsor of our "Where Am I?" quiz, please call us at (941) 951-7727. It only cost $25 per week for us to set up your ad, and then you only have to provide a prize for the winner. What could be easier?


Ain't Life Grand?

Don’t mind me; I’m getting ready to take little “Jasper” here on a tour around the lake. Two things – “How about fetching me some cushions; the cane backed chair isn’t that comfy, and I would kill for Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème to help keep up my energy.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)



This “Revised Price List” from Indian Beach Estates glorified The Subdivision DeLuxe which was developed by Morris Levi and Son. They had their offices on Pineapple Avenue at 5 Points in downtown Sarasota.

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)