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 50 Listings
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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 2,197 Sf

$1,550,000

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #307, Sarasota

Extraordinary Island Living In This "ritz-carlton Managed" Lido Key Residence With "five Star Amenities". Upon Entering The 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom 2...

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$1,450,000

257 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota

Build Your Dream Beach House, The Possibilities Are Plentiful With This Incredible Property. The Location Could Not Be Better With Beautiful Lido B...

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2 Bed • 3 Bath • 1,579 Sf

$1,450,000

257 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota

The Possibilities Are Plentiful With This Adorable And Updated Beach House. The Location Could Not Be Better With Beautiful Lido Beach Directly Acr...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,350 Sf

$1,350,000

1800 Benjamin Franklin Dr #ph-a-05, Sarasota

Immerse Yourself In Casual Sophistication From The Moment You Step Inside This Beautifully Renovated Penthouse At The Prized L’ Elegance On South L...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,389 Sf

$985,000

1 Benjamin Franklin Dr #ph3, Sarasota

A Penthouse Location Beyond Compare, Wake Up Every Morning To Gulf And Lido Beach Views From Every Bedroom! Only Steps Away From St Armands Circle...

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3 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,028 Sf

$849,900

410 S Polk Dr, Sarasota

Rarely Does An Opportunity Like This Arise! Second Generation Owners Are Finally Releasing This Charming Beach Bungalow For Sale! In The Same Fam...

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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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