#20. 409 Granada Ave.: The Lord-Higel House

#20. 409 Granada Ave.: The Lord-Higel House

The Lord-Higel House is the oldest existing structure in South Sarasota County. It was built by Joseph H. Lord in 1896 and was originally located in a 90-acre citrus grove just south of Roberts Bay. Originally built for his own use, Lord turned the house over to his grove manager, George Higel, in the early 1900s. Higel, the son of Venice pioneer settler Frank Higel, married Abigail Williams in 1906 and the couple moved into the house where five of their six children were born. The family lived in the house until 1919 when the grove property was sold to a new owner from Ohio.

The house has been moved twice. In 1950, the grove was purchased by a developer who wanted to demolish the house and subdivide the property into residential lots (the subdivision now known as Bayshore Estates). To prevent its demolition, the house was moved from the “grove” to Laguna Drive by George Wesley Higel, son of Abigail and George Higel, to an area locally known as Higelville, so called because of the number of Frank Higel descendants living in the area. To facilitate the move, the distinctive wrap-around porch with cypress columns was removed. After the move, the house was converted into two living units, one on the first floor and the other on the second floor. By the 1990s, the structure was converted back to a single family residence.

In 2005, threatened with demolition a second time, the city’s Historic Preservation Board convinced the new owner to deed the structure to the City of Venice. The city paid to move the structure and secure it to a new foundation on a city-owned lot at the corner of Granada Avenue and Avenue des Parques South.

The house is in exceptionally good condition and has retained many of its original elements, including windows and doors, and interior walls of horse hair plaster over wood lath. The house is constructed of “fat lighter” pine making it almost impervious to termites.  When restored, the first floor and reconstructed wrap-around porch will be open to the public and will be a venue for interpreting the pioneer history of the Venice area from the 1880s to 1920.

The structure is listed in the City of Venice Local Register of Historic Places.

Photograph provided by Venice Museum & Archives

#21. 519 S. Harbor Drive: The Banyan House

#21. 519 S. Harbor Drive: The Banyan House

The Banyan House was built in 1927 as a six bedroom, five bath home in the Northern Italian architectural style for Robert and Dorothy Marvin. Mr. Marvin was an engineer who managed the home department of The Venice Company, a subsidiary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive (BLE). The house was built of hollow red clay tile with a stucco finish.

This elegant house has terra cotta, patterned ceramic tile, and oak flooring, as well as original plastered walls, cypress ceilings, and exposed beams. The house has three elaborate fireplaces. The most elaborate is located in the first floor living room and was imported from Italy. A second, located in the corner of the first floor den, was constructed in the abode style. The third, located in the original second floor master bedroom, is faced with pink marble and has pink ceramic tile in front of the hearth.

When the BLE left Venice in 1928, the house was vacant until 1935 when it was purchased by Virginia Greenway Wilson. Mrs. Wilson had two children to support and engaged in various businesses to support herself and her family during the Depression. She rented rooms in her home, first calling it the “Copper Kettle Inn,” but eventually naming it the “Banyan House” after a large Banyan tree in the side yard said to have been given to the previous owner by Thomas Edison. She also ran a nursery school called the “Venice Country Day School” from the house and transported children in a station wagon with a surrey-fringe attached to the top. Because the house had the first, and for a long time the only swimming pool in the city, many children learned to swim in it.

In her spare time, Mrs. Wilson operated the city’s first taxi service, charging 10 cents for a ride anywhere in the city. She also ran a tea room called the “Copper Kettle” in downtown Venice in the building at 200 St. Augustine Avenue (currently Luna’s Restaurant). During World War II, Mrs. Wilson rented rooms to servicemen stationed at the Venice Army Air Base, now the Venice Municipal Airport and her home became Venice’s unofficial USO (United Service Organization).

In 1960, Margaret Thomas purchased the house from Mrs. Wilson and established a shark’s tooth and fossil museum in the house. Ms. Thomas wrote a book on fossil collecting and took many children on fossil collecting expeditions. She sold the house in 1976. Today the house is operated as an inn known as the Banyan House.

In December 1989, this structure was listed in National Register of Historic Places as a contributing structure in the Venezia Park Historic District.

Photograph provided by Venice Museum & Archives

#22. 351 South Nassau Street: Triangle Inn (not shown on walking tour map)

#22. 351 South Nassau Street: Triangle Inn (not shown on walking tour map)

This building was constructed in 1927 as a two-story rooming house or inn. It was specifically designed to house the lodging business and was not designed as a single family house. It was built by Mrs. Augusta Miner who moved to Venice from Chicago where she ran a tea room. There is no record of the architect who designed the building, just the contractor who built it. Like many others, Mrs. Miner sought new opportunities in the wildly speculative Florida real estate market of the 1920s. She borrowed money to build the Triangle Inn and paid off the loan, unlike many others who defaulted on loans and left the City.

According to family members, she also purchased acreage in Fort Ogden and raised citrus. She lived in the Triangle Inn and ran the business until 1934. In October of that year, the recently reestablished Venice Fire Department was called to the Triangle Inn to extinguish a fire caused by an oil stove. According to the fire report, Mrs. Minor was fatally burned before the eight volunteers and the assistant fire chief arrived.  There was no damage to the building.

The Triangle Inn was home to piano teachers, secretaries, prospective land buyers, tarpon fisherman, and visitors escaping the cold of the north. During World War II, it was home to civilian employees of the Venice Army Air Base and married military personnel. After the war, it was a private home and during the 1950s it was converted to six apartments. It was a five-unit apartment building when it was acquired by the City of Venice in 1991. The City built a new foundation, moved the building, restored the exterior to its 1920s appearance, and renovated the interior to house the City of Venice Museum and Archives.

Photograph provided by Venice Museum and Archives

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Venice MainStreet Partners Offer Options for Health and Wellness at Home

Venice MainStreet Partners Offer Options for Health and Wellness at Home

The Venice MainStreet Partners listed below are offering alternatives to their studio or beach classes, so that you can stay fit safely at home.

BodybyBarre
BodybyBarre Fitness offers FREE barre, yoga and HIIT classes On-demand, our gift to help you reduce stress, strengthen your immune system and keep your fitness routine going during this unprecedented time.
Register at https://bodybybarre.me/blog/97804/Schedule
Sign up for classes of your choice. About 30 minutes before your scheduled class, you’ll receive a link via email to access the class. You can click on the link or copy/paste in your browser, or access through the Vimeo ap on your smart TV.
Contact: kim@bodybybarre.me
941-786-5955
bodybybarre.me

DP Fitness
PE with DP — Offering parents and kids a small break in the day to get some exercise in. Join in on this at home gym class from the comfort of your home with Coach Deb Peters
813-731-8767
pewithdp@gmail.com
https://pewithdp.com/

Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga
Online courses available including online yoga classes everyday at 10AM on Facebook or YouTube
941-222-0777
dragonflyayurveda.com

Laughter Yoga 
Download the ZOOM app on your computer, tablet or smart phone. Join in on Wednesdays at 9:25am &/or Saturdays at 10am.
LaughterYogaVenice@gmail.com
203-856-6427
314-706-3218
Connect to the ZOOM links here: www.laughteryogavenice.com

Blue Lotus Buddhist Meditation Center and The Venice Holistic Community Center
For more information about online classes and to register for the ZOOM link contact (941) 323-8033, (815) 451-2897, (815) 451-2865, email: serenitybuddhists@gmail.com,  blbmc.org
Buddhist Wisdom for Everyday Life
Sunday 4:00 – 5:30 pm
NEW! Silent Sitting & Walking Group Meditation
Every Monday 1:00 – 2:15 pm
Meditation and Discussion with Guest Teachers
Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm
NEW! Guided Metta and Mindfulness Meditation with Monk San
Every Friday 4:30 – 5 pm Slow down, relax – take time for self care with a lovely short guided loving kindness and mindfulness meditation time
Meditation and Discussion with Monk San
Saturday 10:30-11:30 am
OTHER CLASSES WITH THEIR OWN LINKS:
Tergar Meditation Group
1st and 3rd Saturdays every month 1 – 2:30pm https://zoom.us/j/349241073
Gentle Yoga with Mary Riley
Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 -10:30am. Email Mary for the link lifeofrileyliving@gmail.com

Yoga with Elin
You can still have your Beach Yoga with Elin in your own backyard or living room. Over the years Elin produced 5 Beach Yoga DVD’s. Please call directly to order one. She will ship you a DVD to wherever you are hunkered down.
941-408-9642
yogawithelin.us

Information for MainStreet’s Business Partners

Information for MainStreet’s Business Partners

Kara Morgan, CEO of Venice MainStreet, is sending weekly email updates to its Business Partners with helpful information about local, state and federal resources.

To view Morgan’s emails, click the dated links below:
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New MainStreet Business Partner Sun Events: Delivering a Great Show. Every Time.

New MainStreet Business Partner Sun Events: Delivering a Great Show. Every Time.

Welcome new MainStreet Business Partner Sun Events!

Sun Events, the events and entertainment division of D-R Media and Investments LLC, headquartered in Venice, Florida, has a passion for bringing fun, quality entertainment to communities across the state. The small, family-owned events company promotes concerts with local and award-winning national artists and strives to provide the highest quality entertainment by offering diverse genres of music, talented artists, and various indoor venues. Sun Events is located at 200 East Venice Avenue, Suite 333; 863-494-9362; sunevents.com; Hours of operation—Monday-Friday 9-4.

New MainStreet Business Partner Sabal Palm Bank: Your Home Town Bank

New MainStreet Business Partner Sabal Palm Bank: Your Home Town Bank

Sabal Palm Bank, a locally owned and operated community bank, focuses on meeting the needs of the businesses, individuals, and entrepreneurs in the communities they serve. From traditional banking to banking on the go, they have the products and services to meet the different ways people and businesses perform their daily banking. They also have expanded their services and products to meet the specific needs of the community, offering self-directed IRAs, community association services, and a life and long term care division. They work side by side with local business owners and not-for-profits to help them achieve their financial goals. And to help make the dream of home ownership possible, they have created numerous home loan products to meet the varying needs of individuals and families throughout the region. Sabal Palm Bank is located at 735 East Venice Avenue; 941-484-9191; SabalPalmBank.com; Hours of operation—Monday-Friday 9-4, Closed on weekends.

New MainStreet Business Partner Family Spine and Pain Care Institute: Taking Care of Your Pain Management Needs

New MainStreet Business Partner Family Spine and Pain Care Institute: Taking Care of Your Pain Management Needs

Family Spine and Pain Care Institute focuses on the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of pain. If you suffer from back pain, joint pain, osteoarthritis or pain as a result of an injury, they are here to help. The Institute employs innovative treatment options, such as Epidural injections, spinal cord stimulators, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, and stem cell therapy to treat pain without surgery. Priding itself in providing compassionate care in a warm and welcoming environment, the Institute helps patients break through the cycle of pain, so they can take back control of their lives and start doing what they love most. Family Spine and Pain Care Institute is located at 1525 South Tamiami Trail, #601; 941-237-0050; fsapcare.com; Hours of operation—Monday-Friday 8-5, Closed on weekends.

Suncoast View Spotlights Venice Shops: Artisans, Eyes on You, and Laurie Jean and Company

Suncoast View Spotlights Venice Shops: Artisans, Eyes on You, and Laurie Jean and Company

This month (air date March 13, 2020) Venice MainStreet showcased three businesses in the downtown area on Suncoast View—Artisans, Eyes on You, and Laurie Jean and Company. Click here for video of Kara Morgan, CEO of Venice MainStreet with ABC7 hosts Linda Carson and Joey Panek.

Artisans specializes in fashionable and unique jewelry, artwork, and a variety of home décor and gifts, including works by local artists, that bring beauty to you and your home. The store carries Pandora jewelry, Alex and Ani jewelry, Marahlago Larimar, and Frogman Bronzes. Its extensive Pandora collection features charms, bracelets, rings, ear rings, and necklaces. And special to Venice, the store carries engraved sharks tooth charms in three separate designs. Located at 203 West Venice Avenue; 941-488-8666; Hours of operation—Monday-Wednesday 10-6, Thursday-Saturday 10-9, and Sunday 11-6. 

Eyes on You offers an amazing selection of high-quality designer eyewear and prescription glasses for men and women to match your facial shape and personality. It prides itself on exceptional customer service, providing a customized, individually personalized approach to eyewear selection. Beyond eyewear, the boutique carries exquisitely crafted lingerie lines for women of all sizes and shapes that offer the ultimate in comfort, support, and style. And expert custom bra fittings ensure you have the support you need in all the right places. Located at 140 West Venice Avenue; 941-244-9054; Hours of operation—Monday-Friday 11-5 and Saturday 11-2.

Laurie Jean and Company, a classical coastal boutique, specializes in all things nautical. The shop offers a wide selection of women’s apparel, jewelry, and accessories as well as nautical home décor and gifts. It also sells 4ocean bracelets, made from at least 90 percent post-consumer recycled material. For each bracelet purchased, one pound of trash is removed from the ocean and coastlines. New to the boutique is jewelry made from Venice sand. Located at 219 Miami Avenue; 941-800-4828; Hours of operation—Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5.