Vintage Sarasota: El Vernona Hotel

This week: El Vernona Hotel, circa 1925.

By Chelsey Lucas May 22, 2013

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El Vernona Hotel (ca 1925). Designed by Dwight James Baum and built by Owen Burns, the El Vernona was named in honor of Burns’ wife. Purchased by John Ringling in 1930, it was renamed The John Ringling Hotel and subsequently changed to The John Ringling Towers. In 1960, the hotel was converted into private apartments. It closed in 1980 and was finally demolished in 1998. Currently standing in its place is The Ritz Carlton. -- Chelsey Lucas

Photo courtesy of Sarasota County Department of Historical Resources.

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