Mimi’s Number Three: The Orange Blossom Hotel/American National Bank

By |2019-09-02T13:37:09+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Blog|

Orange Blossom Hotel postcard from Mimi's personal collection. When we first discussed doing this blog series, I knew this building had to be on my list. It's one of those historic buildings that make Sarasota feel like home. I've driven past it countless times. Stared up at it in wonder.  Designed by Francis Palmer Smith (no relation to Bertha Palmer) in a neo-Classical style, and [...]

Lovably Local Podcast (Episode 4): More Than Microfiche

By |2019-08-29T14:55:58+00:00August 29th, 2019|Podcast|

  Lovably Local Podcast Episode 4  More Than Microfiche: Using Your Local Library for Local History Research with library manager Brock Peoples. The Lovably Local Podcast is produced by Compass Rose History Experiences. Hosts Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies have conversations about the importance of local history in a way that is relevant to the listener -  wherever they may be. Music: Oh! By Jingo! by All -Star [...]

Mimi’s Number Four: The Blue Pagoda Building

By |2019-08-26T13:54:16+00:00August 26th, 2019|Blog|

Blue Pagoda Building 655 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 Architect: Victor Lundy   Completed: 1956   Photo Credit: Magnum Builders My Number 4 of my Top 5 Favorite Buildings Still Used as Buildings is the Blue Pagoda, located near the intersection of Tamiami Trail and Boulevard of the Arts.  The celadon tiles of Victor Lundy's Blue Pagoda building can be seen in some [...]

Lovably Local Podcast (Episode 3): Wish You Were Here

By |2019-08-22T21:10:21+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Podcast|

Lovably Local Podcast Episode 3 Wish You Were Here: The Significance of Vintage Postcards with Jarred Wilson The Lovably Local Podcast is produced by Compass Rose History Experiences. Hosts Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies have conversations about the importance of local history in a way that is relevant to the listener -  wherever they may be. Music: Oh! By Jingo! by All-Star Trio   Listen on Spotify | [...]

Mimi’s Number Five: The Historic Courthouse

By |2019-08-19T12:30:03+00:00August 19th, 2019|Blog|

The Historic Sarasota County Courthouse 2000 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Architect: Dwight James Baum Built by: Stevenson and Cameron, Inc. Completed: 1927 Postcard from Mimi's personal collection | Postmarked April 11, 1929. Published by Roth Cigar Co., Inc. One of the first (I'd dare say among the first 10 or so) Sarasota postcards I acquired featured the Historic Sarasota County Courthouse. The view of [...]

Lovably Local Podcast (Episode 2): Save Our Stories

By |2019-08-22T21:08:58+00:00August 15th, 2019|Podcast, Uncategorized|

Lovably Local Podcast Episode 2 Save Our Stories: The Importance of Oral Histories with oral historian Kaylie Stokes The Lovably Local Podcast is produced by Compass Rose History Experiences. Hosts Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies have conversations about the importance of local history in a way that is relevant to the listener - wherever they may be. Story Roots Music: Oh! By Jingo! by All-Star Trio! Listen [...]

Lovably Local Podcast (Episode 1): You Are Here

By |2019-08-22T21:07:18+00:00August 15th, 2019|Podcast, Uncategorized|

  Lovably Local Podcast Episode 1 You Are Here: How the Streets Got Their Names with Local Historian John McCarthy The Lovably Local Podcast is produced by Compass Rose History Experiences. Hosts Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies have conversations about the importance of local history in a way that is relevant to the listener - wherever they may be. Music: Oh! By Jingo! by All-Star Trio   [...]

Andrea’s Number Five: The Binz Warehouse

By |2019-08-19T13:04:43+00:00August 13th, 2019|Blog|

The Binz Fireproof Warehouse and Storage Company 1646 10th Way, Sarasota, FL 34236 Binz Lambert Construction Completed 1926 Frank Binz came to Sarasota from Chicago in 1925 and quickly established the Sarasota Transfer Company, Binz Lambert Construction, Binz Cast Stone, and the The Binz Fireproof Warehouse and Storage Company which comes in at #5 on my list. When the Warehouse was built, it was on the corner [...]

The Secret of the Shared Headstone

By |2019-07-09T12:14:21+00:00July 9th, 2019|Blog|

Sometimes you look for a history mystery and sometimes, like in this case, the mystery finds you. In preparing for our next presentation (History Under the Stars on July 16 - be there!), I needed a photo of Ben Stickney’s grave. This is his headstone: Headstone of Joseph Leach and Benjamin Stickney Well, that’s different. I have not seen a shared grave marker for two [...]

The Glass Blowers

By |2019-07-09T02:02:10+00:00May 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

There's no doubt that Sarasota has changed. Anyone that has lived here in the last 10 years has seen rapid growth and development, and I must say that there are parts of this town that feel like foreign lands compared to how they looked in my childhood. These changes intrigue me because I know that people remarked how different Sarasota was from their own childhoods when I [...]