Archive for October, 2005

10/1/2005

Lundy’s Legacy

Not to be outdone by the other notables in the much-lauded Sarasota arts group of the 1950s (which included writers, painters and the ground-breaking proponents of the Sarasota School of Architecture), Victor Lundy arrived here in 1951, soon to become world-famous in architecture. Born in Manhattan, Lundy traveled through Europe and back to the United […]

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10/1/2005

Modern Love

New owners have often ruined Sarasota School houses by expansion. An exception: the Rudolph-designed Burkhardt/Cohen House on Casey Key, renovated by Toshiko Mori. The new guest house, raised 17 feet above sea level, connects to the original 1957 Rudolph house via an exterior stainless steel staircase, which becomes the new center of the house, connecting […]

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10/1/2005

In the Garden

In Louis De Marco’s lush, peaceful Siesta Key garden stands a magnificent grove of Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) full of filtered light and contemplative beauty. Like a cathedral’s majestic organ, the imposing canes reach 70 feet high, wind eliciting melodic clatter from the swaying stalks. "It began with a small clump, about two feet tall, […]

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10/1/2005

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER Radiohead David Beaton helps bring new voices to the local radio scene. Fogartyville CafĂ© co-owner David Beaton led the band of community activists and New College students who brought WSLR-LPFM Radio (96.5 FM) to the local airwaves in August. The nonprofit, non-commercial station offers 24 hours of music and public affairs programs-everything from the […]

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10/1/2005

Real Estate Go$$ip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH OYSTER BAY STEAMS UP A flurry of new construction is happening in lush, hushed Oyster Bay, one of Sarasota’s most prestigious West of Trail neighborhoods. Here, waterfront homes on manicured lawns sit prettily beneath towering trees and children ride bikes down leafy, winding South and North Lake Shore drives to play tennis or […]

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10/1/2005

Living Color

When ill-starred adventurer Ponce de Leon trudged ashore in 1513 to claim a tropical paradise for God and Spain, he christened the land that lay before him "Pascua Florida"-feast of flowers. Landfall was on the east coast, just above the Indian River. We can only guess which flowers he found there. But whatever they were, […]

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10/1/2005

Cabana Magic

Some of the most coveted properties in Sarasota aren’t showy, sprawling or rising 10 stories into the sky. Instead, they’re a scattered collection of tiny beach cabanas, as simple and unassuming as can be. But you’ll probably never see any of these hot properties advertised. Their value and their cachet just keep escalating, and the […]

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10/1/2005

Simple Magic

As grand palaces rise all around us in Sarasota (like the 20,000-square-foot edifice that a retired couple will soon move into on Longboat Key), it’s worth escaping every now and then to the pleasures of rustic simplicity. That’s just what I was lucky enough to do this summer, when I-and three other editors at the […]

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10/1/2005

Setting the Stage

Perhaps it’s the Ringling circus heritage speaking, but Sarasota has always had a theatrical allure for me. I’m old enough to remember going to rehearsals at the Winter Quarters, agog at the trapeze artists and the animals, thrilled to watch the circus train arrive and depart. My family lined Main Street for the parade scene […]

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10/1/2005

The Pied-a-Terre Perfected

Ask anybody; the hottest place to live right now is downtown Sarasota in a cool waterfront condo encased in a luxury high-rise. These places are so coveted they’re bought before they’re built, even though prices are pole-vaulting through the stratosphere. But lucky Chicago couple Jeff and Jodie Sullivan purchased their getaway at posh Tessera four […]

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10/1/2005

Made in Sarasota

Brenda Alsum has a happy problem: People love her work so much that every time they move, she has to go to their old homes, take down her pieces, and reinstall them in the new home-a process that takes hours. But you can’t blame her customers; leaving one of Alsum’s glorious stained glass windows behind […]

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10/1/2005

Dairy Queen

After 52 years, the cheerful red-and-white Dairy Queen on South Washington Boulevard is going to make way for a new office building. Demolition is a few years away, but owner Linda Pawloski is already facing a blizzard of disappointment. "After people heard about the sale, they were horrified. We’ll serve a city commissioner or the […]

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