How well do you know Laurel Park? Take the Historic Walk Challenge!

by | Feb 18, 2011 | architecture, Arts, Culture, Education, Environment, Events, Exploring the Area, Kids, Things to Do in Laurel Park, Walk from Laurel Park

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Think you know Laurel Park? Take a stroll on the Laurel Park Historic Walk and discover little-known stories about the ground beneath your feet and the houses next door. Here’s all the info you need, courtesy of This Week in Sarasota.

WHEN: Saturday February 19, 2011 @ 09:00 AM (and, really, every other day)
WHERE: Orange Ave. & Oak St. Sarasota FL 34236
COST: Free

Take a Walk in Laurel Park! – A self-guided tour of the National Register of Historic Places District. Tour map and information is available on the website:

Laurel Park is one of Sarasota’s oldest downtown neighborhoods. Located between Orange Avenue and Washington Boulevard south of Morrill Street, it is approximately 50 acres stretching over nine city blocks. Single-family homes, duplexes and small apartment buildings dating back to the 20s line the original brick paved streets. Architectural styles include Frame Vernacular, Masonry Vernacular, Bungalow, Mission Revival, Colonial Revival, and Mediterranean Revival. While primarily residential, the neighborhood includes some businesses and was once the home of Sarasota’s County Courthouse and Sarasota’s daily newspaper, The Sarasota Herald Tribune. The district is generally associated with events that were important to the early development of Sarasota from 1920-1957. Its architectural styles and varied pattern of development additionally contributed to making it a resource for the City and the State of Florida to preserve.