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Newsletter September 17, 2014

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
by Editor

Drive By Gem

Okay, just one more excursion to Vamo. There are a number of wonderful 1920s homes in this area and it would make a great little historic district. I even like the entrance posts to the neighborhood; drop by sometime and see for yourself.


Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpieces

(Editor's note: In our last newsletter, the date for this event was inadvertently omitted; the lecture will be held on October 16, 2014. Please see the details below). 

Please join the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation as they present a special evening lecture on the architectural masterpieces of Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College, located in Lakeland, Florida.  Mr. Mark R. Tlachac comes to us from Florida Southern College, with a program that will enlighten the audience with imagery and information of these priceless structures and about the future restoration plans of this national treasure.

As an additional bonus, at 6:00 p.m. the Ringling College of Art and Design will open the “Keating Center” for a reception. Officials from the Ringling College will explain about some of their new and exciting projects that are underway. The lecture is at 7:00 p.m. at the Academic Center Auditorium.

Only 200 seats are available for this exciting presentation so place your order today. Please purchase your tickets in advance by check for $15.00 or $20.00 at the door. Make checks payable to: Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, P.O. Box 1754, Sarasota, Florida 34230, or utilize PayPal on their site: www.historicsarasota.org.

(photo credit: Annie Pfeiffer Chapel; Florida Southern Web site)


Just Jane

Jane is going hunting for some REAL Vintage real estate for a couple of weeks, but she did want to alert you to another gorgeous condo, now on the market in the historic Orange Blossom Hotel building. This 7th floor beauty is listed by Betsy De Manio. The view is much higher, but since there is only one condo per floor, the square footage is the same.
Stay tuned in our Vintage Listings for this new one coming up soon!

Pretty as a Picture

I admit, I really enjoyed growing up in Sarasota in the 1950s; it was indeed a veritable paradise. I don’t remember this place per se, but so many of the beach cottages on Siesta Key looked just like this. The back of the card says: “Sarasota Beach Cottages on the Gulf of Mexico. New – Modern – Housekeeping; lights, cooking gas, hot and cold water furnished, store and filling station on premises.” Sounds like a perfect vacation spot without all the fluff.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Postcard of the Week

This week’s postcard is not of Sarasota, but Tallahassee instead. I chose this one because, before you know it, November elections will take place. The run for governor is certainly not a pretty affair, but maybe if you make reservations at this charming motor hotel, you will close by for the inaugural ball.

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Sarasota High School - Rudolph Addition

(Editor's note: Have you noticed all the work taking place on the "New Building" at the SHS campus? Many of you probably had classes in that architectural icon; today it is being rehabilitated and changed somewhat. I am so pleased the 'moat' has been cleared in that area so you can now see the building when driving on Bahia Vista).


The Modern Movement/International Style

The modern movement began in Europe and gradually influenced American architects. European architects, including Mies van der Rhoe experimented with plasticity – exploiting new materials and the latest technological advances, especially the steel frame. Design emphasis was on utility and function, rather than ornament. With the Nazi party’s rise to power in Germany and the onset of World War II, several modern architectural designers immigrated to the United States, bringing with them their structural and theoretical concepts. The immigrant whose teachings were to have the greatest impact on Sarasota was Walter Gropius, the founder of the German Bauhaus. Gropius was appointed Dean of the Architecture Program at Harvard University in 1938. During his period, one mainstay of his philosophy was the integration of art and architecture.

After World War II, Internationalist design principles began to dominate American architecture. These included, but were not limited to, flat roof tops, smooth uniform wall structures and an absence of ornamentation. Under Gropius’ leadership at Harvard, students such as Paul Rudolph were encouraged to abandon long established design principals. As a result, much of America’s new construction in the following decades was rooted in the tenets of modernism, including the incorporation of floor to ceiling fixed windows, often a single pane creating entire walls of glass. Many of Gropius’ students went on to achieve recognition of their own, including Paul Rudolph, I.M. Pei and Philip Johnson.

The mid-1960s brought with it a change in attitude. Some of the intellectual and architectural communities began rejecting a strict interpretation of the International Style believing it was too austere. One of the first in America to speak out against strict adherence was Paul Rudolph. By the 1980s, the International Style had fallen out of favor, although some architects still follow its tenets today. Read more...

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)

Yesterday's Sarasota Calendar

On Friday in 1872, Francis Allen “Frank” Walpole was born in Kosciuska, Mississippi. He was an editor of the Tampa Herald and the Manatee Record. He was never shy about expressing his opinions and was known as the fiery, red-haired, editor. In 1916, he moved to Sarasota and purchased a drug store. By 1926, he owned the Sarasota Pharmacy on Main Street. He sold his drug store interests to Liggett Company in that year, to enter into real estate. He was one of the prime movers in the drive to separate Sarasota County from Manatee.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Who am I?

The winner of our last contest was No one!

Everyone loves a parade and these fine lasses are in the spirit on the flowered float. That’s all well and good, but my friends I am standing proud in the background behind the lovely ladies. I was an integral part of Sarasota for many years. You task is to give my name – Who am I?

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

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



Your award this week is the book, John Hamilton Gillespie - The Scot Who Saved Sarasota by Jeff LaHurd. The Friend's of the Sarasota County History Center generously provided this prize. Please consider becoming a member of the Friends; they have some exciting programs coming up soon. Visit them here.

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?

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Ain't Life Grand?

The school year is well underway, and it is about time for the ubiquitous ‘school play.’ For the life of me, I can’t figure what this theatrical endeavor is all about in this photo, but, it looks like something that would be appropriate for Halloween. Do you have any ideas what the title might be? If so, let us know. Click here.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)



I skimmed through this booklet and found it fascinating how first aid was administered back in the day. Many of the remedies are downright dangerous and ineffective. However, it was the way things were done and lots of people benefitted from having a guideline. What’s in your medicine cabinet?

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)