As you probably already know from reading his fabulous comments here, Riverside Dog Walker left Riverside Connecticut with The Mrs. and hopefully the dogs he walks, for the warmer sunnier climate of Sarasota, Florida. He took me up on my challenge to prove it was indeed sunny and lo and behold, seven fabulous photos for us to drool over. I think Bibi and Earth Image, from their respective favorite corners of Florida, will have to agree that Sarasota looks great.
RDW, we’re thrilled for you that you made the move and even more delighted, and honored, that you chose to share your new hometown photos with us. Note: I want to hear from you around August 1, when it’s 104 degrees and 100% humidity. Deal?
Herewith RDW words and photos:
Main Street Sarasota. Full of Mom and Pop shops and lots of restaurants. Big box stores are inland where they have more room.
View from the Ringling Bridge to downtown Sarasota. This bridge connects the mainland and downtown Sarasota with the barrier islands. Walking the bridge is a great activity, though mid-afternoon Wednesday was light. This is the ‘new’ bridge. The first bridge possibly built by John Ringling back in the 20’s was used to parade his elephants from his circus. I’m sure it was quite the scene.
Lots of new construction going on. We have been discovered! It is hard for me to believe all the new construction can be absorbed, but eventually it will.
The first photo is of the Ringling mansion, Ca d’Zan, which I’m told means House of John. This photo shows the deck in the rear of the house which is on Sarasota Bay. The Ringlings were major benefactors of early Sarasota, along with Bertha Palmer of Chicago, wife of Potter Palmer, a Chicago retailing entrepreneur. She traveled to Sarasota frequently in her private rail car from Chicago. Very impressive and accomplished woman, especially for the period (I think 1920’s). Their property, still known as Palmer Ranch, is today an upscale development in south Sarasota county.
The grounds of the Ringling Estate are massive, with various museums, performance theaters, and art galleries.
A current exhibit on the grounds is a reconstructed replica of the Walker House, named one of the most important houses of the 20th century in a 1957 survey of Architectural Record readers, along with Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House .
This is a replica of a house designed and built by Paul Rudolf, one of the early Sarasota school architects, emphasizing modern lines and construction. In fact, the replica kitchen in the house was built by a local tradesman who built some of our furniture. The Walker House was built for a couple relocating from Minnesota who could not take the winters. It was built on Sanibel Island in 1952 and it is still standing! If you ask Bibi nicely, possibly she can locate it and send some pictures. [Ed: Yes please Bibi!] We have attended a couple of events hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation. Very interesting and informative.
This was the original tiny house. It is 526sf. It was before the advent of air conditioning. It is designed such that the panels can be opened to allow air in, or closed to keep out the rain. The interior is screened when panels are opened. The panels open and lower with 75 pound red kettle bell weights on pulleys, which are tied off inside the house with boat anchor ropes. One picture is of the kitchen, the other, with the shades down, is the bedroom.
EOS voice back now. Thanks friend. Loved the first hand tour. The Sarasota Tourism Board will be happy with your selection of photos.
Only one question: how far in advance do we need to book our visits?