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 48 Listings
Price, High to Low

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,275 Sf


101 Benjamin Franklin Dr #65, Sarasota

Wake Up And Walk Along The Beach Every Morning From This 1,275 Sqft Two Bedroom And Two Bathroom Condominium At St Armand Towers South. Located At ...

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1 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,116 Sf


1212 Benjamin Franklin Dr #1105, Sarasota

Rarely Available 11th Floor! One Bedroom, One Bath End Unit With Exceptional Water Views In Popular Lido Beach Club! From The Moment You Enter Thi...

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Reduced 4%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,215 Sf


131 Garfield Dr #3a, Sarasota

Absolutely Fabulous Renovated Condo On Lido Key!! Riviera Of Lido Beach Is A Luxury Boutique Complex, That Has Only 14 Residences. This Contempora...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,224 Sf


1001 Benjamin Franklin Dr #302, Sarasota

Popular Lido Towers On Lido Key! Rarely Available 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 3rd Floor Condo With Screened Lanai, Newer High Impact Windows, Updated Kitche...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,242 Sf


1900 Benjamin Franklin Dr #villa5, Sarasota

Unique Villa In A Beachfront Community On Lido Key! Rarely Available! One Of The Lowest Priced 2 Bed, 2 Bath Units On The Gulf- Side Of Benjamin ...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 991 Sf


845 Benjamin Franklin Dr #408, Sarasota

Escape To Lido Key *summer * Fall* Winter * Spring.... The Presidential Is A Lovely 4 Story Mid-rise Building With 40 Units Featuring A Heated Pool...

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Photo "Air View of Sarasota Lido, Sarasota, Fla." by Burnell courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

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