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:

7 – 12 of 41 Listings
Price, High to Low

4 Bed • 4 Bath • 3,283 Sf


23 S Polk Dr, Sarasota

Magnificent Lido Waterfront Residence In Prime Location. This Home Represents A Lifestyle Of Luxury, Convenience And Tranquility. From This Loca...

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3 Bed • 3 Bath • 2,458 Sf • 1 Acres


129 Taft Dr #w304, Sarasota

Unique 4,888 Sqft Penthouse With 2458 Sqft Of A/c Living Area And A 2,250 Sqft Rooftop Terrace Offering Both Gulf And Bay Views! Ideally Located, O...

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Reduced 1%

3 Bed • 3 Bath • 3,085 Sf


208 N Polk Dr, Sarasota

208 N. Polk Dr. Is A Beautiful 3 Bed 3 Bath Home With Den, Large Garage, Pool And Boat Dock. The House Is Only Steps Away From Lido Beach And The W...

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4 Bed • 4 Bath • 3,091 Sf


254 S Polk Dr #1, Sarasota

Now Under Construction. St. Armands Place Is A Two Building Project,with A Private Keyed Elevator, 2 Residences In Each Building With Over 3000 Sq....

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2 Bed • 3 Bath • 2,019 Sf


1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #301, Sarasota

Enjoy Breathtaking Views Of The Gulf Of Mexico & Sunsets From Every Room In Your Personal Oasis Of Style Sophistication Within The World-renowned R...

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Reduced 4%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 2,197 Sf


1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #307, Sarasota

Enjoy Sunrise & Extraordinary Island Living In This "ritz-carlton Managed" Lido Key Residence With "five Star Amenities". Over 400' Of Gulf Frontag...

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Photo "Air View of Sarasota Lido, Sarasota, Fla." by Burnell courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

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