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:

19 – 24 of 42 Listings
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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,389 Sf

$785,000

1 Benjamin Franklin Dr #114, Sarasota

Spectacular Water Views Of Sarasota Bay, Pansy Bayou And The Skyline Of Downtown Sarasota From Your Balcony! Located Directly Across The Street Fro...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,421 Sf

$695,000

1212 Benjamin Franklin Dr #307, Sarasota

What A Wonderful Opportunity To Live Directly On The Gulf Of Mexico In This Third-floor, Two-bedroom, Two-bath Condominium At The Lido Beach Club. ...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,421 Sf

$675,000

1212 Benjamin Franklin Dr #303, Sarasota

Come Put Your Toes In The Sand At The Spectacular Lido Beach Club. Beachfront Living Awaits You! This Amazing Renovated And Exquisitely Updated Re...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,781 Sf

$669,000

1750 Benjamin Franklin Dr #9f, Sarasota

If You Enjoy Starting Your Day With The Sunrise Greeting You, Or Watching Boaters, Kayakers, Paddle Boarders Gliding Through The Bay, Or Relaxing I...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,275 Sf

$649,000

101 Benjamin Franklin Dr #54, Sarasota

Exceptional Redone Condo A Must See

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,248 Sf

$645,000

2110 Benjamin Franklin Dr #501sea, Sarasota

Renovated Fifth Floor Condo In Lido Harbour South With Fabulous Gulf Views. Enjoy The Sunset From Your Florida Room Featuring Floor-to-ceiling Gla...

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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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