The Circle at St. Armands Historical

The Circle at St. Armands Historical (HM1TW3)

Location: Sarasota, FL 34236 Sarasota County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 19.13', W 82° 34.637'

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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.

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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 he would buy less than one square foot of leased area on today's St Armands Circle.
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HM NumberHM1TW3
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Year Placed1988
Placed BySarasota County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 343941 N 3022735
Decimal Degrees27.31883333, -82.57728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 19.13', W 82° 34.637'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 19' 7.8" N, 82° 34' 38.22" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)941
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near St Armands Cir, Sarasota FL 34236, US
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