Rebirth

A Home Built by Some of Bradenton's First Settlers Is Saved from the Wrecking Ball

A home built by some of the first Bradenton settlers in 1871 is saved from the wrecking ball.

04/15/2022 By Kim Doleatto

time capsules

These Historic Local Buildings Were Nominated as Landmarks Worth Saving

The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation nominated these sites for their third annual "Six to Save" initiative.

04/06/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Test of Time

Sarasota Initiative Seeks to Save Historic Buildings and Sites

Check out the buildings (and neighborhood!) that were nominated for the second annual "Six to Save" program.

08/23/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Real Estate

County Plans to Sell Historic Vamo Drive Home to Pay for Upgrades to Nearby Park

The plan calls for the preservation of a historic two-story lodge on the property that was built in 1900.

05/28/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Centennial Celebrations

Sarasota Centennial App Adds New Auto Tours

The five unique tours offer turn-by-turn directions and expert historical narration.

04/19/2021 By Staff

Preservation

Coalition Announces Second Annual 'Six to Save' Program

This year's list of six will be announced during Historic Preservation Month in May.

04/16/2021 By Staff

Real Estate

The Historic Belle Haven Building Hits the Market

The Mediterranean Revival building on the Sarasota bayfront is for sale for $12.5 million.

03/26/2021 By Kim Doleatto

If These Walls Could Talk

The Secrets and Scandals Inside Sarasota's Famous Mansions

Let’s take a look at seven homes, each with a special place in the story of our town.

12/01/2020 By Robert Plunket

Pop Quiz

Are You a Real Sarasotan?

Prove your insider chops with our quiz.

12/01/2020 By Ilene Denton and Kay Kipling

Flashback

Flashback: Floridaland, 1960

A "rootin’, tootin’"tourist attraction once thrived on the site of Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club.

04/29/2020 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Selling Venice East, 1961

As south Sarasota County grows, it's interesting to look back.

04/23/2020 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Bandleader Rudy Bundy at the Lido Casino, 1947

Debonair clarinetist Rudy Bundy brought his 12-piece big band to Sarasota in 1940 and quickly became the musical soundtrack of the ’40s and 1950s.

04/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Lectures

Historical Society to Present 'Boys of Spring' Lecture

The March 10 lecture, given by former county historian Jeff LaHurd, will focus on spring training and Florida's Grapefruit League.

03/05/2020 By Staff

Flashback

Flashback: Joseph Janney Steinmetz, the Man Behind the Camera

Few chroniclers of middle-class life in the mid-20th century are as acclaimed as Steinmetz.

03/02/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekly planner

The Best Dining Events in Sarasota This Week

On the menu: the De Soto Food & Music Festival, an Englewood beer bash, a pizza-making lesson and the Cornhole & Cocktails Festival.

02/26/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fast Track

Claudia Barnett Elected Chair of Sarasota Historic Preservation Advisory Board

The board was established to recommend the designation of historically significant structures and archaeologically significant sites to the city commission.

02/04/2020 By Staff

Take Flight

Aviation Tour Brings Rare World War II-Era Planes to Venice

This is your chance to view or even fly in a B-24 bomber or a P-51 fighter.

01/17/2020 By Rachel Suwak

The Artists' Way

The Artists Who Made Sarasota Famous

For decades, visual artists have lived, worked and dreamed in Sarasota. The legacy they’ve left us is irreplaceable.

12/02/2019 By Kay Kipling

Flashback

Flashback: Fishermen at The Bay Island Hotel

The three-story, 65-room hotel on the north end of Siesta Key welcomed visitors from 1912 all the way up to the early 1950s.

12/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

History Buffs

A Sarasota Duo's Historical Experiences Educate and Entertain

Offering everything from live events to a podcast, Compass Rose will lead you down a rabbit hole of Sarasota history.

08/30/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson