8 National Register of Historic Places Districts add local color and charm to the City of Sarasota.
Rigby’s La Plaza
This page offers an overview of Sarasota’s historic districts that have been awarded inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Each met the standards set forth by the Secretary of the Interior. Each was researched, surveyed and nominated by the State of Florida for this honor. Having traveled to a number of cities anticipating visiting their historic districts, I found very little information on the web to help plan those visits and easily navigate to their historic districts. I hope the resources here will help guide visitors and residents too, to plan a visit and enjoy the unique districts of Sarasota.
I’ve included two additional districts that are not listed as districts but deserve recognition as such. They are Rosemary Cemetery, Sarasota’s two-acre pioneer burial ground & Hilton Leech House and Amagansett Art School.
Burns Court 1924 /1925
Caples’ – Ringling’ Estates
Listed on the National Register in 2005. The most significant year in its history is 1914. There are 279 buildings that contribute to the district. NR #05000599
A National Register of Historic Places District awarded designation in 2009. The district is bound by 1st St., Orange Ave., State St., Gulf Stream Ave., and N. Pineapple Ave.. To view the listing on the register click on: NR #09000183
Designated a National Register of Historic Places District in 2001. This district does not include any structures. It is a designation of the streetscapes and inner circle park – St. Armands Circle and includes portions of John Ringling Blvd. & the Blvd. of the Presidents. The most significant year in the district’s history was 1924. To view the register listing click on: NRHD #00001650.
Laurel Park 1920-1957
Overtown was designated in 2002. The National Register listing number is 02000781.
Rigby’s La Plaza 1925 – 1949
The district includes the properties at 1002-10038 S. Osprey Avenue, 1744 & 1776 Alta vista St. and 1777 Irving Street. Designated a National Register District in 1994 for its Mission/ Spanish Architecture. The district has also been locally designated historic by the City of Sarasota (1992) adding more prestige, relief from certain building codes and some restrictions on what an owner may alter on the structure. Click on the file number to view the National Register listing – NR # 94000373
Hilton Leech House and Amagansett Art School
In 1993 the City of Sarasota designated this site “The Hillview Art Colony” historic. This site was awarded National Register designation in 1995 and is listed as #95000732.
The cemetery is located at 851 Central Avenue between Central and Florida Avenues. It was established in 1886 and deeded to the City of Sarasota in 1903. Information to guide visitors is posted on the site at the Central Avenue entrance. It is listed on the National Register #351304 and locally designated historic by the City of Sarasota in 2003.