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 56 Listings
Price, High to Low

3 Bed • 3 Bath • 2,982 Sf

$3,895,000

162 Emerson Dr, Sarasota

Set On 135 Feet Of Gulf Frontage On Lido Beach With Unobstructed Views To The West, A Setting Beyond Compare! The Largest Parcel Currently Availabl...

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2 Bed • 3 Bath • 3,302 Sf

$3,600,000

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #805, Sarasota

The Best Of Beachfront Living With World-renowned Service. The Ritz-carlton Beach Residences, The Ultimate Beach Retreat, Is Found On The Pristine ...

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2 Bed • 3 Bath • 3,014 Sf

$2,950,000

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #406, Sarasota

Enjoy An Idyllic Luxurious Resort Lifestyle With World-renowned Ritz-carlton Services On The Pristine Coastal Island Of Lido Key. Casual But Elegan...

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Reduced 11%

3 Bed • 3 Bath • 3,330 Sf

$2,495,000

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #1008, Sarasota

Location And Value. Be A Part Of The Iconic Lifestyle Of Living At The Ritz-carlton Managed Residences On Lido Key. When Your Private Elevator Open...

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Reduced 4%

$2,399,000

345 S Polk Dr, Sarasota

Location,location,location This Is A Rare And Fantastic Opportunity To Buy A Double Lot Of Water Front Land On Lido Key. This Hidden Golden Nugget ...

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4 Bed • 4 Bath • 2,742 Sf

$2,200,000

254 S Polk Dr #102, Sarasota

Gulf Of Mexico Views From Living, Dining And Master Bedroom. This Is A Brand New Completed Condo And Is Ready To Move In. The Coastal Contemporary ...

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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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