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 44 Listings
Price, High to Low

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,224 Sf


1001 Benjamin Franklin Dr #302, Sarasota

Live On Lido Key In This Very Popular Condominium Lido Towers! Enjoy This Lovely 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Condo On The 3rd Floor With Deeded Beach Access ...

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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 • 1,224 Sf


1001 Benjamin Franklin Dr #309, Sarasota

Stunning 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Turnkey Furnished, Updated Condo At Popular Lido Towers On Lido Key. This 3rd Floor Condo Has Beautiful Vews Of The Tro...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,090 Sf • 1 Acres


800 S Blvd Of Presidents #20, Sarasota

Real News Alert!! Great Price For The Location On Lido Key!! Rental 26 Times Per Year. Small Pets Welcome. Two Story 2 Br. 2 Bth. Rarely Availabl...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,060 Sf


800 S Blvd Of Presidents #8, Sarasota

This Has To Be The Cutest Home On Lido Key, Close To St Armands And Only Minutes From The Beach Where You Have The Use Of The Public Pool Which Is ...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,036 Sf


350 S Polk Dr #204, Sarasota

Experience Lido Key Living Only Steps To Lido Beach From This Charming Two-bedroom, Two-bathroom, 1,036 Sf Residence. Also A Rare Rental Opportunit...

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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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