#17. 221-223 W. Miami Avenue: The Wimmers Building

#17. 221-223 W. Miami Avenue: The Wimmers Building

This building was constructed in 1926 and named for its first tenant H. N. “Bud” Wimmers. He was a Cleveland-born veteran of World War I who was the assistant cashier for Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) Cooperative National Bank in Cleveland, Ohio.

Wimmers arrived in Venice in February 1926 and, for a while, was paymaster for the BLE hired work crews building the city. In December 1926, he was appointed to the town council after Venice was chartered by the Florida Legislature as a “town.” The first councilmen and mayor were all BLE men. In the spring of 1927, the BLE petitioned the Legislature to change the municipal designation from “town” to “city.” In December 1927 the city held its first election and Wimmers was defeated in his bid for election. When the BLE Realty Corporation failed in 1928, he was appointed receiver. Following the collapse of the BLE Venice development, Wimmers remained in Venice and opened a real estate office in this building, said to be the first in Venice.

Historical documentation provided by Venice Heritage Inc.
Photographs provided by Venice Museum & Archives

#18. 201-207 W. Miami Avenue: The Green Building (today Burgundy Square)

#18. 201-207 W. Miami Avenue: The Green Building (today Burgundy Square)

Thomas Green of St. Petersburg constructed this building in 1926 for $85,000. Designed by the architectural firm of French and Gill, this stucco-covered clay tile and brick building had ten apartments, five stores, four offices, and a automotive repair station at the eastern end of the first floor.

The building was modeled after the famous “Flat Iron” building in New York City and its architectural style was described as Spanish. Because of its unique shape, it was also known as the Triangle Building. Before the building was even completed, space was also leased to a hardware store, and a sporting goods store. Tom Green’s Electrical Shop and the Tom Green Spray Paint Shop also occupied this building.

The October 6, 1927 edition of the Venice News was the first newspaper printed entirely within the city by the Venice Printing Company located in this building. This newspaper had color covers usually with a photograph of a completed Venice building. The June 3, 1927 issue had a full-color artwork cover that was filled with articles promoting the city and its development by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE). The paper never mentioned the slowing Florida real estate market and heavily promoted the planned BLE activities to attract prospective buyers. The BLE was convinced that it was immune from the general economic down-turn affecting other Florida developments.

By the 1930s the building was converted to retail uses and the second floor apartments were known as the Hollywood Apartments. Today the building is known as Burgundy Square and is one of the best preserved examples of the city’s commercial buildings constructed during the 1920s.

Historical documentation provided by Venice Heritage Inc.
Photographs provided by Venice Museum & Archives

#19. 303 E. Venice Ave.: Venice Train Depot

#19. 303 E. Venice Ave.: Venice Train Depot

The depot was constructed in 1927 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) at a cost of $47,500 in the Mediterranean Revival style of hollow clay blocks with stucco finish. The 400 foot x 50 foot station was framed of heavy timber hewn at the Brotherhood’s sawmill. The station roof extended over the cars and provided a large waiting room, a ticket office, baggage room, and freight room. It is significant for its historic association with the BLE and their development of the City of Venice, according to the Venice Comprehensive Plan drafted by city planner John Nolen in 1925. It is significant architecturally as an embodiment of the official design theme for the planned city. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 17, 1989. 

Historical information provided by Venice Heritage Inc.
Photographs provided by Venice Museum & Archives

#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.

Historical documentation provided by Venice Heritage Inc.
Photographs 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.

Historical documentation provided by Venice Heritage Inc.
Photographs 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.

Historical documentation provided by: http://www.venicegov.com/archives.asp
Photographs provided by: Venice Museum and Archives.http://veniceheritage.org/

Support Local Venice Restaurants: Order Take Out or Dine In (at 50% capacity)

Support Local Venice Restaurants: Order Take Out or Dine In (at 50% capacity)

UPDATED ON 5/19/2020. Please note that this list may change as restaurants adapt to changing Phase 1 guidelines for reopening in the state of Florida. Dining capacity in restaurants is now at 50% of maximum occupancy (effective May 18th); therefore, seating may be limited so call to inquire if reservations are needed.

Abby’s on Miami
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
220 W. Miami Ave.
941-484-5187
www.abbysonmiami.com

Angelo’s Italian Market & Restaurant
Open for dining but call for reservations; curbside pick up available
850 Pinebrook Road
941-484-6864
www.angelositalianmarket.com

Bodrum Mediterranean Restaurant
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, order online take out; gift cards available
225 Miami Avenue West, Suite 5
(941) 412-0090
bodrumfl.com

Bogey’s of Venice
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
652 East Venice Ave.
941-488-9156
www.bogeys.tv

BrewBurgers (on the Island)
Open: dine in, order online take out; also offering FREE delivery from this location; gift cards available
525 S. Tamiami Trail
941-786-3341
www.brewburgers.com

British Pub Open
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, online order take out available
367 Jacaranda Blvd.
941-492-9227
www.britishopenpub.com

Burgundy Square Cafe
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
227 W. Miami Ave.
941-451-8261
www.burgundysquarecafe.net

Cafe Longet
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, reservations recommended; online order take out available
239 Miami Avenue W
941-244-2643
www.cafelonget.com

Cafe Venice
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
116 W. Venice Ave.
941-484-1855
cafevenicerestauranrandbar.com

Cassariano
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
313 West Venice Avenue
941-786-1000
cassariano.com

Ciao Gelato
Open: outdoor seating, take out
317A W. Venice Ave.
941-445-5840
www.facebook.com/gelatociao

Côté France French Bistro
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out and delivery
218 Tampa Ave. W.
Venice, FL 34285
941-681-6049
cotefrancevenice.com

Croissant & Co.
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out and delivery available; gift cards available
323 W. Venice Ave.
941-480-1700
www.croissantandcovenice.com

Crows Nest Restaurant and Marina
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
1968 Tarpon Center Dr.
941-484-9551
crowsnest-venice.com

Daiquiri Deck (Island of Venice)
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
300 W Venice Ave.
(941) 488-0649
daiqirideck.com

Darrell’s Restaurant
Open: dine in, take out
215 S. Tamiami Trail
941-485-9900
www.darrellsrestaurant.net

Dockside Waterfront Grill
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
509 N. Tamiami Trail
941-218-6418
docksidewaterfrontgrill.com

Fins
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; reservations recommended; gift cards available
1600 S. Harbor Drive
941-999-3467
www.finsatsharkys.com

Flapjack’s Cafe
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
810 E. Venice Ave.
941-480-1020
www.flapjackscafe.com

Gold Rush BBQ
Open for carry out only 11AM to 9 PM seven days a week; gift cards available
661 S. Tamiami Trail
941-483-3137
www.goldrushbbq.com

Island Coffee (Venice Island Coffee)
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
200 W. Miami Ave.
941-485-6789
www.veniceislandcoffee.com

Island Organics
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; e-Gift cards available
231 W. Miami Ave.
941-484-3565
www.islandorganicssmoothie.com

Jetty Jack’s
Open: outdoor seating, takeout available
2000 Tarpon Center Drive
941-915-5172
jetty-jacks.com

Kona Ice
Truck is making stops in the Venice area
941-221-1857
Kurbside Kona prepay:  https://kurbsidekona.com?id=2323
kona-ice.com

Made in Italy
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, takeout; gift cards available
117 W. Venice Ave.
941-488-8282
www.madeinitaly-venice.com

Ristorante San Marco
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
305 B W Venice Ave
sanmarcovenice.com

Shark Bites Deli
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
1740 E. Venice Ave. #19
941-244-2863
www.sharkbitesdeli.com

Sharky’s on the Pier
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
1600 S. Harbor Drive
941-488-1456
www.sharkysonthepier.com

Sharky’s Snack Shack
Food truck open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12pm to 7pm
Wellfield Park parking lot
www.sharkysonthepier.com

Snook Haven
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, order online, take out; gift cards available
5000 E Venice Ave.
941-485-7221
www.snookhaven.com

The Soda Fountain & Vinnie’s Pizzeria
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
349 W. Venice Ave.
941-488-7600
www.sodafountainofvenice.com

T.J. Carney’s
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
231 W Venice Ave.
(941) 480-9244
tjcarneys.com

Trattoria da Mino
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
335 W. Venice Ave.
866-863-6633
www.trattoriadamino.com

Upper Crust Cafe & Bakery
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
213 W Venice Ave Unit A
941-244-0430
uppercrustvenice.com

Venice Avenue Creamery
Open: dine in, outdoor benches, take out
249 W. Venice Ave.
941-488-0332
www.facebook.com/veniceavenuecreamery

Venice Wine & Coffee
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
201 W. Venice Ave.
941-484-3667
www.venicewineandcoffeecompany.com

Yummies Donuts & BBQ
BBQ only for take out; opening soon after renovations; gift cards available
2001 S Tamiami Trail
941-493-7170
https://yummiesdonuts.com/bbq

The Zebra Lounge (Wine & Piano Bar)
Open: dine in, take out, curbside
217 Miami Ave. W.
941-445-5236
thezebraloungefl.com


TAKE OUT/DELIVERY SERVICES:

Venice MainStreet Partner Restaurants Available on BiteSquad.com:
Angleos Italian Market & Restaurant
BrewBurgers
Flapjack’s Cafe
Gold Rush BBQ
Shark Bites Deli
Trattoria Da Mino
Venice Island Coffee

Venice MainStreet Partner Restaurants Available on DoorDash.com:
BrewBurgers
Gold Rush BBQ
Island Organics
Made In Italy
Trattoria Da Mino
Yummies Donuts and BBQ

Venice MainStreet Partner Restaurants Available on GrubHub.com:
BrewBurgers
Trattoria da Mino
Yummie’s Donuts & BBQ

Venice MainStreet Partner Restaurants Available on UberEats.com
BrewBurgers
Cassariano Italian Eatery
Made in Italy
Trattoria da Mino

Buy a Restaurant Gift Card

Buy a Restaurant Gift Card

Here’s a list of Venice MainStreet Business Partners who are offering restaurant gift cards. Please note this list may change as we continue to update it and as more restaurants add the option to their websites.

Bodrum Mediterranean Restaurant
Once your purchase is made, your gift certificate will be emailed to the recipient email within 48 hours. If you have any questions email bodrumflteam@gmail.com or call number below
225 Miami Ave W Ste 5
Venice, FL 34285
941-412-0090
bodrumfl.com

BrewBurgers (on the Island)
525 S. Tamiami Trail
941-786-3341
www.brewburgers.com

Cafe Venice
Gift cards from $10 to $100 available online
101 W Venice Ave
Venice FL 34285
941-484-1855
cafevenicerestaurantandbar.com

Cassariano Italian Eatery
$10- $150 available. Buy $100 gift card and get an extra $25 available online
313 W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285
941-786-1000
cassariano.com

Croissant & Co.
$20- $100 available
323 W. Venice Ave.
941-480-1700
www.croissantandcovenice.com

Crow’s Nest Restaurant & Marina
1968 Tarpon Center Drive
Venice, FL 34285
941-484-9551
crowsnest-venice.com

Daiquiri Deck- Island of Venice
300 West Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285
941-488-0649
daiquirideckvenice.com

Fins
$25, $50, $75 available
1600 S. Harbor Drive
941-999-3467
www.finsatsharkys.com

Gold Rush BBQ
661 S. Tamiami Trail
941-483-3137
www.goldrushbbq.com

Island Organics
231 Miami Ave W
Venice, Florida 34285
941-484-3565
islandorganicssmoothie.com

Made in Italy
117 W. Venice Ave.
941-488-8282
www.madeinitaly-venice.com

Ristorante San Marco
$25 to $200 available
305-B West Venice Avenue
Venice, FL
941-254-6565
sanmarcovenice.com

Sharky’s on the Pier
$25, $50, $75 available
1600 S. Harbor Drive
941-488-1456
www.sharkysonthepier.com

Snook Haven
$25, $50, $75 available
5000 E Venice Ave.
941-485-7221
www.snookhaven.com

Yummies Donuts & BBQ
$10 available
2001 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
941-493-7170
yummiesdonuts.com

 

Support Local Salons, Spas and Barbershops

Support Local Salons, Spas and Barbershops

Gift cards and other self-care merchandise are available for online purchase at these Venice MainStreet Partners’ hair salons, spas and barbershops. These make great gifts for friends, family or just pamper yourself. Help support these small local businesses!

Effective May 11, 2020: Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at the following link: www.myfloridalicense.com/emergency can proceed to Phase 1 reopening.

Anthony’s Barbershop
200 Tamiami Trail N.
941-244-0841
anthonythebarber.com
Gift cards available: HERE

James Griffith Salon on Venice
257 South Tamiami Trail
941-484-2665
jamesgriffithsalon.com
Fundraising merchandise (be sure to select “James Griffith Salon” at check out): HERE
Shop Aveda: HERE
e-Gift cards available: HERE

Pamper Me Spa
209 Nassau St. S. Suite 102
941-525-4604
pampermespallc.net

Puttin’ On the Ritz
205 Nokomis Ave. S.
941-488-6650
puttinontheritzsalon.com

Virasana Salon
107 West Tampa Ave.
941-244-0218
Gift cards available by phone
virasanasalon.com