Please join us for a Special Presentation of our Annual SAHP Homes Tour

The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce a unique partnership with the Designer Showhouse of Sarasota. This limited opportunity to view the
2019 Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse will benefit the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation. Join us at our 27th Annual Homes Tour on Sunday February 17, 2019
at the historic home "Etowah" at 4511 Bay Shore Road.

This beautiful Mediterranean Revival Style Home was designed by architect Clare C. Hosmer and completed circa 1925. Recently spared from the wrecking ball due to an "eleventh-hour" groundswell
of grassroots preservation support, this architecturally and historically significant home has been embraced by the local preservation and design communities and is not to be missed.

Proceeds for this limited-time event benefit the historic preservation mission of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation (SAHP).

Tickets MUST be purchased through Eventbrite (below) for this limited-time opportunity. No SAHP sales at the door.

Note: Sunday February 17, 2019 is the final day of the 'Jewels on the Bay' Designer Showhouse. The organizers have graciously agreed to open the house early on the morning of February 17, 2019 for Alliance members and friends to tour the Showhouse. Due to the popularity of the noon time lecture series at Etowah during the Designer Showhouse event, selected speakers will repeat their earlier lectures on Sunday, February 17th. The schedule is as follows:

Richard Hershner    10, 11am & noon in front of the house on The History and Design of Etowah
Erin DiFazio             10 am on the rear patio on Living Historic
Larry Kelleher         11 am on the rear patio on the History of Sarasota leading up to the Land
                                Boom when Etowah was constructed

From the Etowah Showhouse, ticket holders are invited to tour the beautifully restored 1926 Benjamin F. McCall home and its two cottages located nearby at 2445 Alameda Avenue from 11 am to 2 pm. In addition to the McCall home's distinctive architecture the gardens are Florida Friendly with 80 labeled plants. Landscape architect Martha Horton, a former Alliance board member will be on hand to discuss the plantings with visitors.

To benefit the Alliance, tickets must be purchased online through the link below. We recommend you attend during the exclusive period, 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, but you may enter at any time during
the day accompanied by your SAHP/Eventbrite ticket.

Beginning Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Tickets may be purchased at
Davidson Drugs stores.

Sun, February 17, 2019

Exclusive SAHP Showing
10:00AM – 12:00PM

Showhouse is open until 4:00 PM

4511 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34234

Purchase tickets early, this event will FILL UP QUICKLY.

Click on this Eventbrite link below to purchase your tickets:

2019 SAHP Homes Tour at Etowah

Do the Right thing sarasota...  

The Board of Directors of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation supports the preservation of all the historic resources on the city owned bay front land including the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and former Selby Public Library, aka G.Wiz. If you would like to see these publicly owned buildings preserved let your Sarasota City Commissioners know. Contact them by email at or by phone at 941-954-4115. Please donate to the effort to preserve the original Selby Public Library/G.Wiz by selecting the DONATE button, located on the right sidebar, to help defray legal costs associated with appeals that have been filed opposing planning and development services staff’s determination that the building is not historically or architecturally significant.  


Preserve the Bay Front's Magic
by Lorrie Muldowney, President

When I think of the Sarasota Bayfront, I think magic, and I’m not alone! Prehistoric Indian middens along Sarasota Bay attest to the draw of the water, as did the early settlers of today’s Osprey, who so loved their deep connection with Little Sarasota Bay that they named their skiff Magic.

Our connection to the water has been demonstrated by many noteworthy waterfront buildings. Recently named one of the 10 best cities in the South by Southern Living magazine, Sarasota has strong ties to its coastal locations that are often reflected in the design and location of our buildings.

Because of our community’s connection to the water, recent redevelopment plans for Sarasota’s Bayfront have generated significant community conversations involving issues of access, recreation, safety and historic preservation.

Throughout the country, the recognition of the historic significance of 20th-century resources and the threat of changes in sea level have been identified as the two of the most important challenges facing our communities.

Both issues are a consideration for preserving the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Gulf Coast Wonder and Imagination Zone, G.Wiz, known to many as the former Selby Library building.

No single answer exists, but the extensive removal of iconic structures from our waterfronts because of their vulnerable locations is a solution deemed unacceptable to many, including citizens, planners, architects and historic preservationists. Imagine Key West without the Ernest Hemingway home or Miami Beach without the Fontainebleau.

Construction of the Van Wezel was funded by a 1967 city bond referendum that was championed by one of Sarasota’s most devoted arts patrons and thenmayor, David Cohen. City officials adopted a selection committee’s recommendation to retain the services of Taliesin Associated Architects of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to design the building.

A recent study by the Van Wezel Foundation concluded that the hall should be replaced, in part because of the difficulty of renovating it in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency regulations.

If historically designated, the Van Wezel could be exempted from those requirements. Provisions in the regulations were developed to allow for the rehabilitation of historic structures that are vulnerable to threats from wind and water, in recognition of their community importance.

G. Wiz was designed as a county library in 1975 by Walter Netsche of Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Selby Library was meant as an iconic piece of architecture in a community known for its architecture.

The library building was adaptively reused to serve as G. Wiz in 2000. It can be adaptively reused again.

The importance of adaptive reuse to the vitality of our cities and the historic preservation movement spurred the creation of the “ReUrbanism” program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. ReUrbanism is built on the principle that building reuse encourages economic growth and stimulates vibrant communities.

Both buildings are outstanding examples of 20th-century civic architecture and are potentially eligible for state grants.

The board of directors of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation commends Sasaki Associates and members of The Bay for their tireless efforts to engage our community in the visioning process for the Bayfront.

We believe that incorporating these two historic buildings into their plans will enhance their final design and promote sustainability. Guest columnist Lorrie Muldowney is the president of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit organization created to preserve and enhance our historic places. 



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