Air View Shows 1940s-era Lido Key

Posted by Louis Wery on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 8:44am.


I ran across this photo showing Lido Key toward the end of the 1940s. The vintage postcard illustrates so much that has changed in 60-plus years.

The card features Lido Casino designed by renowned architect Ralph Twitchell in Art Deco style. Ornamentation included cast concrete seahorses, tropical murals and glass blocks. Formally opened in 1940, the building was destroyed and replaced in 1969.

Some joys don't change. We still walk from St Armands Circle to Lido Beach for brilliant sunsets and a chance at spying the green flash just before the sun drowns in the Gulf of Mexico. The little cottages are mostly gone, replaced by condominium complexes along Ben Franklin Drive and mansions along Sarasota Bay, but the park purchased by the city from the John Ringling Estate presents panoramic beach and Gulf vistas for all.

Today, just one island south of Lido Key stands the Siesta Key Pavilion designed in 1959 by another famous member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, Tim Siebert. And restoration efforts are afoot. The plans include preserving the pavilion and adding a newer one with a connector between the two, So far the project seems to respect and honor the historic structure that holds so many Sarasota  memories.

Here's a look at residences available today on Lido Key:

1 – 6 of 43 Listings
Price, High to Low

1 Acres

$6,500,000

545 Mckinley Dr, Sarasota

Located On The Southernmost Point Of Lido Key, On One Of The Most Private Streets On The Island, You’ll Find This Breathtaking Property. Rarely Ava...

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4 Bed • 4 Bath • 3,792 Sf • 1 Acres

$6,500,000

545 Mckinley Dr, Sarasota

Located On The Southernmost Point Of Lido Key, On One Of The Most Private Streets On The Island, You’ll Find This Breathtaking Property. Rarely Ava...

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New Listing

4 Bed • 5 Bath • 5,987 Sf

$5,895,000

2050 Benjamin Franklin Dr #ph1102, Sarasota

One Of A Kind 6,000 Sf Luxury Penthouse With Panoramic Views Of The Gulf Of Mexico, Sarasota Bay And The Bright Lights Of Downtown Sarasota. Light...

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Reduced 8%

3 Bed • 5 Bath • 5,254 Sf

$5,500,000

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #1208, Sarasota

Price Adjustment: Rare Jewel! Magnificently Poised On Lido Beach This Luxurious Ritz-carlton Managed, Beachside Penthouse Offers The Very Finest Co...

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3 Bed • 5 Bath • 4,100 Sf • 1 Acres

$3,999,000

535 S Blvd Of Presidents Blvd, Sarasota

Own Your Piece Of Sarasota History. The Historic Van Wezel Estate Was Designed By Renowned Master Architect Thomas Reed Martin And Built In 1936 F...

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Reduced 9%

4 Bed • 4 Bath • 3,861 Sf

$3,650,000

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #603, Sarasota

Beyond The Imagination! Enjoy Sunrise & Sunsets, Gulf To Bay Views From This Exquisite Residence! Extraordinary Island Living In This "ritz-carlton...

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Photo "Air View of Sarasota Lido, Sarasota, Fla." by Burnell courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161004

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