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Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Harding Circle Historic District

 
 
Harding Circle Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, June 17, 2010
1. Harding Circle Historic District Marker
Inscription. In 1923 circus magnate John N. Ringling (1866-1936) purchased St. Armands Key, an uninhabited, 150-acre, oval shaped island. He planned a community of fine residences with a central circle park surrounded by shops. The park was named in memory of his friend, President Warren Harding (1865-1923). The landscape plan for the island consisting of the central park, boulevards and medians, was designed by a prominent landscape architect, John J. Watson (1876-1950). The development work was done by Ringling’s partner, Owen Burns (1869-1937). The grand opening of St. Armands occurred in 1928 when the bridge to the mainland was completed. Lots were sold and subsequently a few homes of Mediterranean and Spanish architecture were built. Although the Depression (1929-1941) halted the progress of his plan, John Ringling’s vision was realized with the development of the residential area, beaches and shopping district since 1945. On January 16, 2001, Harding Circle, with its associated medians and boulevards, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places for its unique early community planning and development.
 
Erected 2004 by City of Sarasota, the St. Armands Residents Association and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-499.)
 
Location.
Harding Circle Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, June 17, 2010
2. Harding Circle Historic District Marker
North side of marker
27° 19.086′ N, 82° 34.67′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is on John Ringling Blvd, in the median. Click for map. Marker is located on the median just west of the circle. Marker is in this post office area: Sarasota FL 34236, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Circle at St. Armands (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cedar Point/Sunset Park - Cedar Point/Golden Gate Point (approx. 2.1 miles away); Sarasota's Bayfront (approx. 2.3 miles away); Landing of the Scots (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Wallendas (approx. 2.5 miles away); City of Sarasota (approx. 2.5 miles away); John D. MacDonald 1916-1986/John D. and the Friday Liars (approx. 2.5 miles away); Judah Philip Benjamin (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sarasota.
 
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Harding Circle Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, June 17, 2010
3. Harding Circle Historic District Marker
South side of marker
Harding Circle Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, June 17, 2010
4. Harding Circle Historic District Marker
Marker with statue of Christopher Columbus in background
Harding Circle image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, June 17, 2010
5. Harding Circle
Picture of circle park which is the center of the roundabout forming St. Armands Circle
 
 
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