Complete Top 5 Old Buildings Lists

By |2019-09-20T20:52:06+00:00September 20th, 2019|Blog|

In celebration of old buildings in Sarasota that are still in use, we decided to each curate a top five list. Although, it was difficult to narrow it down to just five,  we hope that you enjoy our final selections, complete with blog posts and our own fan art!    Andrea's Top 5 Mimi's Top 5 5 Binz Warehouse 4 Sarasota Times Building 3 Sarasota High School [...]

Mimi’s Number One: Sarasota Opera House

By |2019-09-16T11:29:43+00:00September 16th, 2019|Blog|

Well dear friends, here it is. My number one most favorite building still being used as a building. Researching, writing, and assembling these posts has been a lovely reminder of how many historic buildings are still around (if you're willing to pay attention), and it was tricky to narrow the list down and then prioritize. But I think this particular building will always hold a special place [...]

Mimi’s Number 2: Municipal Auditorium

By |2019-09-09T12:09:14+00:00September 9th, 2019|Blog|

There are certain buildings in Sarasota that would truly devastate me forever to see gone. This is one of them. The Municipal Auditorium is likely a building that you've driven past hundreds, if not thousands, of times before if you live in Sarasota. Maybe you've been inside for a special event, like a wedding, fundraiser, or (my annual favorite) Atomic Holiday Bazaar. This half-barrel building on the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]