Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
In December 1913, Oscar and Alice Burton joined real estate developer and future Sarasota mayor Arthur B. Edwards (1914-1915 and 1920-1921) and his wife Fannie in selling the land south of Hudson Bayou to the Sarasota Improvement Company. In 1915, the area, recorded as Avondale Heights Subdivision, was advertised as "a place for families of average means." To promote the development, a modern bungalow valued at $1500 was to be given away. The same advertisement offered 75 choice lots for $250, with an easy payment plan of $50 down and monthly payments of $10. Even with the special promotions, Avondale Heights developed slowly.
In 1923, Irving Bacheller, Edward Brewer, and Fred Woolley purchased the underdeveloped lots. In 1924, the Bacheller-Brewer Corporation re-platted the subdivision as Avondale, enlarged the lots, and widened the streets in an effort to make the area more upscale and exclusive. A painting by noted Chicago artist Gibson Catlett promoted Avondale as a place to "Come and Enjoy the Golden Sunset of Sarasota." During 1925, Avondale experienced impressive land sales and gained recognition as a premier subdivision
Today the neighborhood boasts of some Colonial Revival style homes dating from the 1930s, but most of the homes appear tone from the 1950s and 1960s.
Erected by Sarasota County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sarasota FL 34239, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain / Luke Wood Park (approx. half a mile away); Smally, Donald J. P.E. (approx. half a mile away); The Wallendas (approx. 0.6 miles away); De Sota Park / Logan and Currin, Inc. (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named De Sota Park / Logan and Currin, Inc. (approx. Ύ mile away); Payne Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sarasota's First Post Office (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sarasota Terrace Hotel (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.