Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Circle at St. Armands
Decades after conception, St. Armands Circle has fulfilled John Ringling's dream of a premier shopping district. Conceived during Florida's real estate boom, St. Armands was part of the John Ringling Estates Development and the jewel of Ringling Isles, an ambitious venture encompassing planned resorts, a casino, subdivisions and a shopping area scattered from Bird and Lido Keys to southern Longboat Key. Designed by architect John J. Watson of Ohio and Sarasota engineer Leon Pickett the circle and surrounding development were made accessible by construction of Ringling Causeway in 1926.
After its grand opening as the centerpiece of Ringling Isles, St. Armands Circle lay neglected a Depression-era victim of the 1920s Florida land boom. Sandspurs and weeds overran concrete curbs and sidewalks, imported statuary and a bandstand. The key reverted to nearly its state of nature when Charles A. St. Amand had homesteaded in 1885. St. Amand, whose name was misspelled in subsequent deeds, built a home, cleared one acre, and claimed his land, 130-plus acres, for $13. Little could he know his fee would buy less than one square foot of leased area on today's St. Armands Circle.
Erected 1988 by Sarasota County Historical Commission.
Location. Touch for map. Marker located along the northern edge of St. Armands 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. Harding Circle Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cedar Point/Sunset Park - Cedar Point/Golden Gate Point (approx. 2 miles away); Sarasota's Bayfront (approx. 2.2 miles away); Landing of the Scots (approx. 2.3 miles away); John D. MacDonald 1916-1986/John D. and the Friday Liars (approx. 2½ miles away); City of Sarasota (approx. 2½ miles away); The Wallendas (approx. 2½ miles away); Judah Philip Benjamin (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.