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 44 Listings
Price, High to Low

3 Bed • 4 Bath • 4,189 Sf


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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4 Bed • 4 Bath • 3,861 Sf


1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #603, Sarasota

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

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4 Bed • 5 Bath • 5,839 Sf


443 S Polk Dr, Sarasota

Location Is Everything And This St Armand's Residence With Beautiful Water Views Of The Canal And Gulf Of Mexico Is Where Everyone Dreams Of Living...

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2 Bed • 3 Bath • 3,057 Sf


1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #707, Sarasota

The Ritz-carlton Beach Residences Offers A Blend Of Luxurious, Yet Casual, Gulf Coast Living On Pristine White Beaches And Wondrous Ribbon Of Blue-...

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3 Bed • 3 Bath • 3,330 Sf


1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #408, Sarasota

Extraordinary Island Living In This "five Star Ritz Carlton Managed" Lido Key Residence. You’ll Be Amazed By The Absolute Beauty Of This Home. Lovi...

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4 Bed • 4 Bath • 2,742 Sf


266 S Polk Dr #202, Sarasota

Pre-construction - To Be Built. Welcome To St. Armand's Place. A New Boutique-style Island Development That Presents A Truly Unique Opportunity For...

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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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