Venice in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
John Nolen, world-renowned city planner from Philadelphia, created the overall design for the City of Venice. Venezia Park Subdivision helped illustrate Nolen's concept for a model city.
Dr. Fred Albee, early developer, commissioned Nolen's original plan for the area, which included a golf course. When the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, a Cleveland based union, bought Albee's undeveloped property in 1923 as part of a $4 million real estate investment, the golf course was moved to the east and the land replatted as a residential area.
Nolan's concept was implemented in the new use for the area and typifies his idea that physical, social, economic, and political facets should come together in a harmonious comprehensive plan to allow optimum opportunities for working, playing, and living. He believed that ample open green space promoted community activity and aesthetic beauty.
The union builders retained as common areas the present-day pentagonal park, also called Venezia Park, and a large section to its north. A proposed school, playground and tennis courts were built elsewhere.
Young professionals associated with the Venice project occupied some of the homes in the Venezia Park Subdivision. The project collapsed in the late 1920s, along with the rest of the Florida real estate boom. A few families continued to reside in the homes during the economic hard times that lasted until the mid-1930s. Civic and business leaders, as well as retirees, later bought houses in Venezia Park.
After World War II, significant construction resumed in the Venezia Park Subdivision. A section of Venezia Park was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The northern portion is a hub of community activities. It contains an expansive park area, which includes a library, community center, and art center. The city archives are housed in the rehabilitated Triangle Inn.
Erected 1996 by Sarasota County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Labor Unions • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers • Sports.
Location. 27° 5.518′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 463 Nassau Avenue, Venice FL 34285, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Venice-Nokomis Bank (approx. ¼ mile away); Triangle Inn (approx. ¼ mile away); Eagle Point Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); Venice Apartment District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lord - Higel House Restoration Project (approx. half a mile away); Johnson-Schoolcraft Building 1926 (approx. half a mile away); Ennes Arcade and Hotel Valencia 1926 (approx. half a mile away); Venice (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Venice.
Also see . . . Venezia Park Historic District. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Submitted on July 2, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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