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

San Marco Hotel

1926

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 20, 2015
1. San Marco Hotel Marker
Inscription. The San Marco Hotel was built in 1926 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) as part of the initial development of the City of Venice. The hotel opened in November of that year after only 90 days of construction. The hotel had a decorative ground floor lobby and space for 13 shops plus a restaurant. The upper floors had 92 residential rooms with private baths. The hotel design incorporated the Mediterranean Revival style in keeping with the master plan formulated by John Nolan for the City of Venice. Its steel and concrete construction made it the most durable building in the city.

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
San Marco Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 20, 2015
2. San Marco Hotel Marker
View of the marker, affixed to the outside wall, just to the right of the front entrance.
the former hotel into a mixed-use facility, with condominiums on the upper floors and retail units on the ground floor.

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. Touch 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
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By Dale K. Benington, August 20, 2015
3. San Marco Hotel Marker
A distant view of the marker affixed to the wall, next to the front entrance of the now, Venice Mall.
(about 400 feet away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Venice.
 
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San Marco Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 20, 2015
4. San Marco Hotel Marker
View of the building that was originally the San Marco Hotel, then the Kentucky Military Institute Building, and now the Venice Shopping Mall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 16, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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