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Venice MainStreet is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the beauty, historic character, community, and economic vitality of downtown Venice.

Emilio Carlesimo and Venice MainStreet Team Up For Downtown Vitality

Emilio PictureVenice MainStreet, Venice’s proud promoter of preservation and economic vitality for all things Downtown Venice, has named Emilio Carlesimo, former City of Venice Councilmember, to head an extensive membership initiative for the organization. 


Founded in 1987, Venice MainStreet is a volunteer driven organization that is accredited through Florida and National Main Street Programs. VMS is united with over 1,000 other Main Street Communities across the country.

In coordination with Venice MainStreet mission, Emilio will steward the way to enlist more downtown merchants on the “Avenues”, business owners outside the downtown district, and ask for community memberships to form a more united Historic Downtown Venice.

Emilio and his wife Brenda Lee Carlesimo have lived in Venice 28 years. Elected to City Council in 2009, Emilio served two three year terms. He is currently a member of Epiphany Cathedral Catholic Church, serves on the Board of Trustees of Venice Regional Bayfront Health, as well as serves on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. Emilio is a retired Firefighter from the Detroit Fire Department after 28 years of service and a 13 year veteran of the Sarasota County Fire Department.

“Emilio’s commitment to Venice makes him the perfect candidate for the role of Membership Committee Chair,” says Erin Silk, Executive Director of Venice MainStreet. She adds, “Emilio has an enthusiasm for the preservation and promotion of our beautiful downtown that is obvious when he communicates the mission of Venice MainStreet.”

Venice MainStreet membership is comprised of supporting business members and community members. With a long list of yearly events and promotional activities, as well as the constant beautification efforts of the Avenues, the supporting members play a huge role in the prosperity of downtown.

So next time you see Emilio around town ask him about how you too can support Historic Downtown Venice through a yearly membership and help keep the magic of Venice alive.

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Venice Historical Tours

Although many buildings in the downtown area look old, only those constructed during the 1920’s have been included in this tour. In 1987 the city recognized the need to continue the architectural character of the original city and established the Architectural Review Board. The downtown area is part of the Historic Venice District administered by this Board. Any new construction or modifications to the exterior façade of a building in this district must conform to guidelines established by this Board. These standards will ensure the continuation of the “Northern Italian Renaissance” style of architecture within the city. Because of these efforts, the City of Venice will continue to be the beautiful “City on the Gulf”.

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Explore Venice History

Although many buildings in the downtown area look old, only those constructed during the 1920’s have been included in this tour. In 1987 the city recognized the need to continue the architectural character of the original city and established the Architectural Review Board. The downtown area is part of the Historic Venice District administered by this Board. Any new construction or modifications to the exterior façade of a building in this district must conform to guidelines established by this Board. These standards will ensure the continuation of the “Northern Italian Renaissance” style of architecture within the city. Because of these efforts, the City of Venice will continue to be the beautiful “City on the Gulf”.

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351 South Nassau Street – Triangle Inn

b2ap3_thumbnail_triangle-inn-roof-2012-cropped.jpgThis building was constructed in 1927 as a rooming house or inn. It was specifically designed to house the business. It 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 Heritage Inc.                                        

Venice Museum and Archives.http://veniceheritage.org/                                                     

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247-251 W. Venice Avenue: The Sanders Building

b2ap3_thumbnail_screen-shot-2013-08-30-at-3.00.15-pm.pngOriginally intended to house a drug store, barbershop, haberdashery, and tearoom, this was the second commercial building constructed in Venice.

H. S. Patterson, local representative of Walker and Gillette, described the front of the building as “decidedly a Venetian design”. The building was designed by architect W. H. Schmaker of Tampa and constructed by the Barrett Construction Company of Tampa. According to an article in the July 10, 1926 edition of “This Week In Venice”, it was scheduled to be completed in 60 days.  In the same article, the owner G.E. Sanders stated that he wished to be the “first merchant of Venice”. By February 1927, advertisements in the local; paper indicated the building was the home of the Rendezvous Tea Shop.

 

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

Today: Shirt Shop, Bresler’s Ice Cream and Treasurers in Time.

 

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311 W. Venice Avenue

b2ap3_thumbnail_0122img-center-crop.jpgThis two-story building was owned by Wm. E. Mohler and originally housed the Woolard Furniture Company and the J. T. Hardware Company. As was common during the 1920s, there were rental apartments on the second floor. 

Social notes in the Venice News chronicle the arrival of winter residents to rent these apartments from as far away as Ontario, Canada. The second floor façade clearly shows the raised stucco relief that defined the “Northern Italian” architectural theme for the city. Later this building housed the Venice Electric Supply Company and the Venice Tile Company.

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

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Receives 2015 National Main Street Accreditation

Venice MainStreet has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.

"We congratulate this year's nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center's 10 Standards of Performance," says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. "As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35thAnniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character."

The organization's performance is annually evaluated by the Florida Main Street Program, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program's application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

"We are proud of our longevity of accreditation with the National Main Street Program and we look forward to a strong partnership for years to come. Venice MainStreet has been an accredited Main Street Program since 1987. We are proud of the success Venice has seen due to this partnership," says Erin Silk, Venice MainStreet Executive Director. She continues, "We look forward to pressing on with our mission of enhancing the quality of life in our community by preserving, protecting, and promoting historic downtown Venice."

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

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28th Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest

28th Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest
November 7& 8, 2015

  Official Poster Design Contest

  Venice MainStreet, Inc. is holding a contest for the 28th Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest official poster design.  The artist selected by the Design Committee will be awarded $500 for their design, along with a booth at the festival ($500 value, for a prize package worth $1,000).  The winning design will be featured as the official poster, which will be showcased on merchandise* and in advertising**.  The winner will be expected to be available for an unveiling event on the evening of Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

  

Guidelines:

 

  • ·Original (unframed) artwork must be delivered to Collector’s Gallery and Framery (114 South Nokomis Avenue) by 5pm on Saturday, September 19, 2015.
  • ·The winner must also submit a high-resolution editable, working digital file (for poster and merchandise production).
  • ·Finished poster size will be 22 x 28 (original does not need to be the same size).
  • ·Image must include at least one of the Venice bridges. (Copy that will be incorporated into the poster/merchandise will include “28th Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest”).

 

*there is a possibility that the design will be showcased on other merchandise, along with the t-shirts.

 **the design will be utilized in advertising done by Venice MainStreet, Inc.  Any advertising done by Howard Alan Events may not include the design.

 

About the Downtown Venice Art Fest

Celebrating its 28th year in 2015, the Downtown Venice Art Fest is one of the area’s largest and finest art fairs.   Thousands of visitors kick-off season with this Howard Alan event that takes place along Venice Avenue in beautiful, historic downtown Venice.    For more information, please call Venice MainStreet at 941.484.6722.  Find out more about Howard Alan Events at www.artfestival.com.

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Venice MainStreet and Venice Blue's Festival

Venice MainStreet and Venice Blue's Festival donated $3,000 to the Venice High School Band.
 
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Venice MainStreet President, Tracy Ivey, presents a check to Jonathan Case, Venice High School Band Teacher. The donation of $3,000 was for the participation of Venice High School students in the 2013 and 2014 Venice Blue's Festival.
 
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Voice of Venice Blog is Up!

Greetings from the Voice of Venice. Our new website has been up for a while, but there was a challenge with the Blog. It is now go go go. This will be the place for pretty pictures, reminders and info on upcoming events and the background scoop on downtown Venice. If you missed the VMS Arts & Crafts Festival this past week end, it was a great show. The humidity was down and the crowds were up. The rains held off, so everybody was happy. This was the first two days at work for Venice MainStreet's new Executive Director Cat. Yes, she has a last name which I keep forgetting. She has promised to post something soon telling about herself and posting a picture so we can all recognize her to call out a how-de-doo, welcome neighbor. VMS and Cat have all kinds of ideas for VMS downtown. If you're looking for a good place to volunteer, now is the time. If you have info to share about downtown, please send to Cat at Venice MainStreet. I'll be back real soon.

 

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The Voice of Venice

venicearch.jpgWelcome to the first blog from the Voice of Venice. The Voice will be presenting information on downtown Venice and Venice MainStreet. Venice MainStreet is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to the Beautification, Historic Preservation, Economic and Community Vitality of our beautiful, downtown area. We will be covering community events that happen downtown, historic preservation activities and community improvements. Expect to hear about businesses opening, closing, moving or expanding. There will be some community profiles done on persons of interest to us. Business stories on new projects or merchandise lines may be profiled. Plus I hope to be sharing many photographs, not only ours, but some of yours. This will be the place to share wonderful stories and photographs. We hope to become a Voice you’ll want to share and enjoy.

Please let us know if there is something you’d like to see us communicate in the future. Our goal is to have you take as much pleasure in our historic downtown as we do. Join us to learn all sorts of things about our home towns down town. Is anyone humming Petulia Clark’s big hit yet.” Downtown, everything’s waiting for you.”

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