There have been some wonderful visual improvements in the district recently.
A new paint job can make such a pleasing change.
A National Register of Historic Places District in the City of Sarasota’s downtown core………..Laurel Park was awarded the distinction in February 2008
The district is bounded on the north by Morrill Street and on the south by Alderman St. & Brother Geenen Way. It extends west to Rawls Ave. & Orange Avenue and east to Julia Place & Lafayette Court.
Washington Park is one of ten platted subdivisions located within the district boundaries.
“Preservation of historic properties and communities fosters community pride resulting in more involved and informed citizenry. By preserving existing historic resources, a connection is established with our past. This connection sparks recognition that we have an obligation to responsibly manage our community for future generations.”
Historic Preservation/Smart Growth Principles
Please note – This website and its content are in no way related to the neighborhood association of Laurel Park.
If I build in a National Register historic district I have to apply the same architectural style to my new home as what exists in the district. I can’t build a contemporary home in a National Register Historic district…….
Wrong! Especially in a National Register historic district like Laurel Park that has no one era or year of historical importance. The neighborhood developed over decades (1920-1957) as did its architectural styles. New construction offers an exceptional opportunity to add yet another type of architecture and new character.
An exceptional new home in Laurel Park sensitively scaled to its neighbors.
National Register Districts restrict a property owner…………..
Wrong! Designation as a National Register historic district is honorific. It is our country’s way of recognizing significant sites and neighborhoods throughout the United States that merit preservation.
National Register district designation does not protect or preserve a property. It places no restrictions on the properties within a district. Owners are free to build, remodel, renovate, sell or even demolish their structures.
Regulations and restrictions on changes to a historic property come from state and or local governments adopting statutes or ordinances and designating National Register districts as “local” historic districts.
In Sarasota, Florida there are eight National Register of Historic Places districts within the city. Of those eight, only one, Rigby’s La Plaza District, is designated a local district and regulated by city ordinance.
The Wallendas – Sarasota County History Center’s Marker minute video.
And visit this terrific site for more history and photographs: The Flying Wallendas
There is a new informative page on Facebook that gives viewers maps, photos and easy directions to find and tour the unique, colorful, historic districts of the City of Sarasota, Florida.
Go on Facebook to the page ”Sarasota Historic Districts.” On the menu bar open the Photos tab and select Albums then select the ”District Locator Map” album. You will find easy access to all of the maps, property lists and photos from each of the Albums to make your discovery of these places easy and fun.
If you are not a member of Facebook, you will not be able to access this information.