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:

43 – 48 of 62 Listings
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Reduced 7%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,248 Sf

$598,000

2110 Benjamin Franklin Dr #501sea, Sarasota

Renovated Fifth Floor Condo In Lido Harbour South With Fabulous Gulf Views. Enjoy The Sunset From Your Florida Room Featuring Floor-to-ceiling Gla...

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Reduced 2%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 981 Sf • 1 Acres

$589,900

1900 Benjamin Franklin Dr #401b, Sarasota

Great Place To Live Or Invest! Corner Unit With Full Gulf Of Mexico View. Wrap Around Enclosed Balcony Makes You Feel Like You Are Floating Over Th...

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Reduced 8%

1 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,059 Sf

$549,900

1700 Benjamin Franklin Dr #12b, Sarasota

Direct Gulf Front, Unobstructed Million Dollar Gulf Views From The 12th Level. This Exquisitely Remodeled Condo Is Located Within The Beautiful Lid...

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2 Bed • 1 Bath • 840 Sf

$549,000

170 Roosevelt Dr #14, Sarasota

Imagine Being Just One Block To Enjoy Sunsets On Famous Lido Beach. Gather The Family And Picnic On The Gulf Of Mexico, Or Kayak From South Lido Ka...

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Reduced 2%

2 Bed • 2 Bath • 981 Sf

$539,900

1900 Benjamin Franklin Dr #201ber, Sarasota

Rarely Available Beachfront Condo On Lido Key With Breathtaking Views Of The Gulf And Lido Beach. This Spacious Condo Boasts Many Wonderful Feature...

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2 Bed • 2 Bath • 918 Sf

$539,000

1900 Benjamin Franklin Dr #302arl, Sarasota

Looking For A Beachfront Condo On Lido Key With Gulf Views And Beautifully Furnished? Here You Go! Adorable 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Beachfront Unit With ...

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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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