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:

37 – 42 of 49 Listings
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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,382 Sf

$599,000

1700 Benjamin Franklin Dr #6e, Sarasota

Enjoy Beach Living With Long Views Of Lido Beach And The Gulf Of Mexico, As Well As Forever Nature Views Of South Lido County Park. Kayak In The Gu...

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3 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,396 Sf

$595,000

350 S Polk Dr #504, Sarasota

Excellent Opportunity On A Rare Find! 3 Bedroom Penthouse On Lido Key With Gulf Views And Under $600,000! Don’t Wait To Take Advantage Of This Uniq...

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Reduced 2%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,403 Sf

$569,900

1750 Benjamin Franklin Dr #5g, Sarasota

The Crystal White Sands Of Lido Key And Beautiful Waters Of The Gulf Of Mexico Are Calling You! From The Moment You Step Inside This 5th Floor Uni...

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Reduced 3%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 981 Sf

$549,500

1900 Benjamin Franklin Dr #201ber, Sarasota

New Price! Beautiful Views Of The Gulf Of Mexico And The Beach On Lido Key From This Lovely Condominium. Second Floor, Corner, Updated Condo Has An...

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Reduced 4%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,389 Sf

$539,000

1 Benjamin Franklin Dr #24, Sarasota

Looking To Secure Your Place In The Heart Of It All? You Have Found It Here, Located Directly Across The Street From Lido Beach And One Block To St...

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Reduced 4%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,094 Sf

$499,900

160 Harrison Dr #6, Sarasota

Turnkey Furnished Perfect Home For You To Live In Or To Rent For Income !this Sweet Cottage Is A Feel Good Home That Is A Must See ! A Block From ...

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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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