The 24th Annual Sarasota Historic Homes Tour was held last Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Laurel Park, Sarasota, FL from 11:00am to 5:00pm. The tour was sponsored by the Sarasota Alliance For Historic Preservation and featured nine homes and one commercial building.
The tour featured homes in the Laurel Park neighborhood of Sarasota adjacent to downtown Sarasota and the Historic Burns Square. Laurel Park is generally considered to be south of Ringling Boulevard, east of Orange Avenue, north of Mound Street and west of Washington Boulevard.
Laurel Park was developed in the 1920's and features a wide variety of historical homes as well as a wide variety of more recent infill properties. Of the homes featured several were designed and built by several much admired architects and builders who feature prominently in Sarasota history. Names like Thomas Reed Martin, Dwight James Baum and Owen Burns.
Several homes featured the Mediterranean Revival Style with Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission overtones. One home on the tour was actually a new Gold LEED certified infill home designed to blend with the street scale of this historic neighborhood.
Many of the homes in Laurel Park have been named after the prominent residents who either built or owned the homes at one time. Several prominent Sarasotans from the past involved in politics, the professions and historic events have lived and owned homes in Laurel Park.
The weather was a balmy 80 degrees and the homes were all within walking distance. Another beautiful day in this paradise we call Sarasota. And another great reason to make your home here.
The 24th Annual Sarasota Historic Homes Tour.