October 24 - 30, 2011

October 24 - 30, 2011
John Hamilton Gillespie Celebration Week

The week-long party
celebrating the Father of Sarasota…and golf was a big success! From O'Leary's Kick-off Party, Jeff LaHurd's New Book, Jacobites Bagpipers, Trolley Tours, Kiwanis Golf Tournament, and Hartman Gallery Photography Exhibition, to the Palm Avenue Street Party, The Macallan VIP Scotch Tasting, Lunch in Rosemary Cemetery, and Walking Tour of the Gillespie Park Neighborhood - every special event was a wonderful way to honor Sarasota's history.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sarasota Bayfront in 1887

In 1887 John Hamilton Gillespie and the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company built the DeSoto Hotel, Sarasota's first rooming house, which was later renamed the Belle Haven Inn.

The picture below was taken from the De Soto Hotel, looking northwest toward Cedar Point, known today as Golden Gate Point. Note that the downtown seawall had not yet been built.

Vintage postcard thanks to William Hartman Gallery, 48 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL
The DeSoto Hotel on the Sarasota bayfront in 1887

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