Venice in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
San Marco Hotel
The hotel was a showpiece of the newly emerging "City on the Gulf," and then fell into disuse following the financial failure of the BLE in 1928 and subsequent effects of the Great Depression. The hotel sat empty until 1932, when it reopened as part of the winter campus for the Kentucky Military Institute (KMI), the oldest private prep school in the country. From January through Easter, cadets were quartered in rooms on the two upper floors and attended classes in the space available on the ground floor. This seasonal operation continued up to 1970 when KMI closed the Venice campus due to dwindling funds and the political winds of the time. The building was not used for a few years until renovations were made in the mid-1970s, again turning
The San Marco Hotel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010 as part of the John Nolan Plan of Venice Historic District.
Erected 2012 by Venice Area Historical Society.
Location. 27° 6.05′ N, 82° 26.783′ W. Marker is in Venice, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is on Tampa Avenue West west of Nokomis Avenue North, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This marker is located in the downtown business district, across the street (to the north) from the public parking lot in the center of the downtown business district, affixed to the outside wall of the building, just to the right of the main front door entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 238 Tampa Avenue West, Venice FL 34285, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kentucky Military Institute (a few steps from this marker); The Hotel Venice (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ennes Arcade and Hotel Valencia 1926 (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Kentucky Military Institute Venice (about 500 feet away); Johnson-Schoolcraft Building 1926 (about 500 feet away); Welcome to Heritage Court / Fred H. Albee, M.D. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lord - Higel House Restoration Project (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Venice.
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