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 43 Listings
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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,094 Sf

$450,000

160 Harrison Drive 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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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,242 Sf

$449,000

1900 Benjamin Franklin Drive 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 • 1,090 Sf • 1 Acres

$374,666

800 S Blvd Of Presidents 20, SARASOTA

Real News Alert -lowest Price For The Location On Lido Key!!! Rental 26 Times Per Year!!! Location Location! Two Very Short Blocks Over To The Bea...

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Reduced 5%

1 Bed • 2 Bath • 918 Sf

$359,000

1104 Benjamin Franklin Drive 715, SARASOTA

Stunning Lido Beach Condo With 7th Floor Views Of The Gulf Of Mexico And The Bay. Open Remodeled Kitchen With Granite Breakfast Bar, Wood Cabinets ...

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1 Bed • 2 Bath • 900 Sf

$355,000

800 Benjamin Franklin Drive 104, SARASOTA

Direct Beachfront Secured Complex--this Spacious, Ground Floor Unit Is Just Seconds To Lido's Gorgeous Beach. As You Step Outside This Beautiful...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,172 Sf

$345,000

2100 Benjamin Franklin Drive 201fai, SARASOTA

Great Investment Opportunity And Best Value On Lido Key! Buy Now, And Enjoy Rent When You Are Not Here. A Direct Beach Front Community With Fabulou...

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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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