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 61 Listings
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2 Bed • 3 Bath • 1,980 Sf

$1,325,000

1800 Benjamin Franklin Dr #b807, Sarasota

Extraordinary Residence Available At L'elegance On Lido Beach! Situated On The 8th Floor Where Gorgeous Bay Views And Partial Gulf Views Can Be App...

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Reduced 6%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,350 Sf

$1,290,000

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

Price Reduction!! Welcome Home To Your Penthouse Paradise On The Beach. Located In Lido Key’s Wonderful L’elegance This Newly Renovated Home Has A...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,980 Sf

$1,050,000

1800 Benjamin Franklin Dr #b407, Sarasota

L’elegance On South Lido Key, Has It All! Enjoy This Condo Complex That Sits Right On The Gulf Of Mexico. Walk Out To The Private Beach In Your Own...

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4 Bed • 3 Bath • 1,963 Sf

$999,990

219 N Polk Dr, Sarasota

Fabulous Sought-after Location On Quiet, Secluded North Lido Key. This Open-floorplan 4-bedroom 3-bath Mid-century Home Is Only Steps To The White...

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$999,990

219 N Polk Dr, Sarasota

Fabulous Sought-after Location On Quiet, Secluded North Lido Key. Build Your Dream Home On This Lot Steps To The White Sands Of Lido Beach And No...

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2,804 Sf

$995,000

209 Garfield Dr, Sarasota

Location, Location, And Income! Great For A Primary Residence, Second Home, Or Income Property. Located Only A Few Minutes From Lido Beach And St. ...

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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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