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 52 Listings
Price, High to Low

3 Bed • 5 Bath • 4,100 Sf • 1 Acres

$5,500,000

535 S Blvd Of Presidents Blvd, Sarasota

Elegant Waterfront-historically Acclaimed, The Van Wezel Estate, Built In 1936, Is A One Of A Kind Masterpiece Steeped In Rich History. The Van Wez...

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3 Bed • 4 Bath • 4,196 Sf

$5,495,000

1300 Benajamin Franklin Dr #1201, Sarasota

The Most Coveted Beach Penthouse Is Finally Available! The Opportunity To Relish A Truly Luxurious Gulf-to-bay Lifestyle On Lido Key Is A Rarity. I...

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$4,950,000

162 Emerson Dr, Sarasota

135 Feet Of Waterfront Opportunity On Lido Beach; A Setting Beyond Compare!! This Rarely Available, Oversized And Impressive Parcel Of Land (135 F...

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3 Bed • 3 Bath • 2,982 Sf

$4,950,000

162 Emerson Dr, Sarasota

135 Feet Of Waterfront On Lido Beach; A Setting Beyond Compare!! Currently, A Modest, Elevated Home Of 3bd/3ba, Pool And Oversized Paver Drive Ac...

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3 Bed • 4 Bath • 3,964 Sf

$4,795,000

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #1102, Sarasota

Built With A Pure Vision Of Design, Exquisite Detail, Serenity, Gulf Front Vistas, A Complete Remodel Brought Contemporary Life To The Ritz Carlton...

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3 Bed • 4 Bath • 4,198 Sf

$4,600,000

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #701, Sarasota

The Views!! With Views Overlooking Both The Gulf And Bay, This Unit Is Located On The South-west Corner And Has 2 Huge Wrap Around Terraces. Two Ma...

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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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