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As the cultural destination of Florida's west coast, even the very stones and pavers of Sarasota County's buildings and structures are chiseled with a deep, detailed heritage. And celebrating a voluminous chapter of Sarasota County's architectural legacy, the Sarasota Architectural Foundation today hosts a four-day event, called SarasotaMOD, featuring an array of presentations by prominent architects.


The town and city of Sarasota

During the 1920s the Sarasota County architecture was deeply influenced by Mediterranean Revival styles, in part due to John Ringling, who not only built his mansion, Ca' d'Zan, in Venetian Gothic style, but also played a larger role in developing the area as he and his brother at one time owned more than 25 percent of Sarasota's area.

Following World War II in the late 1940s, Sarasota County witnessed a transition into stylish modern homes that would come to be iconicized with the help of the establishment of the Sarasota School of Architecture. The influence of key players of this school, such as developer Phillip Hiss and architect, Paul Rudolph, not only helped define the architecture of one of the most notable and iconic eras ever, but also left behind several area landmarks that laid a foundation for the region's architectural landscape today.


Providing shading and detail to Sarasota County's architectural picture, pioneer homes still stand in Venice, Florida. Late 19th century homes like the Bidwell-Wood House, built in 1882, and settlements such as the Guptill home in Historic Spanish Point, built next to pre-historic Native American shell mounds, provide yet another layer to the cultural identity of Sarasota County.

And much like its namesake, Venice witnessed a North Italian Renaissance style of architecture in the 1920s, developed by City Planner John Nolen, as his interpretation of the Mediterranean Revival style.


Witness a Sarasota County with famous architectural styles blending seamlessly together. With Mediterrananean Revivalist themes prevalent throughout much of the city of Sarasota, Northern Italian Renaissance districts developed and protected Venice, and chic modern mid-century homes erected on Lido, Casey and Siesta Key -- Sarasota County's distinctive cultural design matches beautifully to the lifestyle and climate of the sub-tropical region.

Learn more: SarasotaMOD

A four-day celebration of Sarasota's iconic mid-20th-century architecture, SarasotaMOD features lectures and presentation by leading modernist architects. Complete with guided bus, boat and walking tours, this festival is an excellent opportunity to explore the regions mid-century legacy firsthand. For more information, visit

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