Osprey School

Osprey School (HMPPU)

Location: Osprey, FL 34229 Sarasota County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 12.078', W 82° 29.452'

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The Osprey School served the Osprey and Vamo communities from 1927 through June 1976. It was one of four boom-time schools which were designed by Tampa architect M. Leo Elliot and built along the Tamiami Trail between 1926 and 1928.

The land on which the school was built was part of the 145-acre homestead of John and Eliza Webb, originally from Utica, New York, who settled Spanish Point in 1867. Mabel Webb Johnson, granddaughter of John and Eliza Webb, and her husband Ernest recognized that a new school was needed. They sold the plot of land to the school board for $10 0n December 28, 1926.

Architect Elliot's plans for the Spanish Colonial Revival-style building recognized the importance of cross-ventilation in a hot and humid climate. Construction of the school was awarded to the firm of Becchetti and Romersa for $19,600. The one-story, six-classroom school initially served grades one through nine.

By the time the school opened in1927, the real estate boom had gone bust and the population of Osprey had declined. With a dwindling tax base, Osprey School and virtually all of the other Sarasota County schools closed for several months in 1933 because of a lack of revenue.

[Reverse side of Marker]

Parental and teacher involvement sustained Osprey School during hard economic times. Families helped by making many necessary repairs to the building and by providing picnic lunches for outings. Teachers donated supplies and purchased vegetables and fruits for school lunches.

After World War II, when the county experienced renewed economic growth, the soaring population required massive improvements and expansion of school facilities. Osprey School was the last of the county schools to be improved during the post-war period. It finally was rewired in 1959, which, among other repairs, allowed for air conditioning and heating units.

Osprey School survived without further improvements until June 1976, when it closed. Students who lived in Osprey transferred to schools to the north or south of the community. The School Board used the building as a Teacher Education Center until 1989.

Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc. acquired and rehabilitated the former school for use as a Visitors Center for Historic Spanish Point. In 1994, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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HM NumberHMPPU
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Year Placed1996
Placed BySarasota County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 5:48am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 352337 N 3009609
Decimal Degrees27.20130000, -82.49086667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 12.078', W 82° 29.452'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 12' 4.68" N, 82° 29' 27.12" W
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Area Code(s)941
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey FL 34229, US
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