Sarasota Times Building, Sarasota

Sarasota Times Building, Sarasota

The Sarasota Times Building is a significant historical site that was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on March 22, 1984. The three-story, Mediterranean Revival structure was designed by architect Dwight James Baum and is known for its architectural merits as well as its role as the headquarters of the Sarasota Times newspaper, which was established in 1899. The newspaper was later purchased by L.D. Reagin in March 1924 and the new plant and offices were constructed at the current site, indicative of the shift in commercial development away from lower Main Street.

The Sarasota Times Building is significant for its architectural style, which is in keeping with other Baum-designed projects under construction or planned for the Broadway area, including the Burns Realty Company, the El Vernona Hotel (later called John Ringling Towers, now demolished), and the El Vernona Apartment (currently called Belle Haven Apartments).

Baum was responsible for many of the most significant buildings constructed in Sarasota in the 1920s, including John Ringling's palatial home, the Ca da'Zan, the Sarasota County Courthouse, and the four Mediterranean Revival Style buildings in the Broadway area.

The Times Building features a variety of architectural elements, including the use of three different door types and enframements on the ground floor elevation, which is particularly effective on a relatively small-scaled building. Following the crash of land prices and the onset of the Depression, the Sarasota Times newspaper went into receivership, and the Times Building was subsequently used as the office of the "Tree-Ripe Citrus Products, Inc.," which was owned and operated by Mr. Owen Burns.

In 2014, Ataraxia LLC, a Nokomis company managed by Sharon Carole, purchased the historic downtown building and began renovations for the new restaurant that opened in 2019, "Sage." The restaurant aims to bring a global culinary experience to the artsy town of Sarasota using the highest quality and freshest ingredients as possible. The chef at Sage, Christopher Covelli, is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City and specializes in Classic French, Italian, and Spanish cuisine as well as American Haute Cuisine.

The Sarasota Times Building was locally designated by the City of Sarasota in 1985 and continues to be an important historical and architectural landmark in the area.

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Sight Name: Sarasota Times Building
Sight Location: Sarasota, USA (See walking tours in Sarasota)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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