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Historic Burns Court

Sarasota

FL

USA

Contributed by 
Adrianna Ramirez Richards
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
February 12, 2019
February 12, 2019

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

The Burns Court Historic District is a tiny, pedestrian-friendly U-shaped laneway in Downtown Sarasota, Florida. Tourists and locals alike come to Burns Court for the Sarasota Film society, several restaurants, art galleries, and other small shops, as well as regular events like the International Chalk Festival. The area bursts with local pride, with some business owners who have been there for over two decades.

What sets the district apart is fifteen Mediterranean Revival Style, one-story bungalows and nine original garage outbuildings. These were constructed from 1924 to 1925 as a "co-operative subdivision" by the prominent developer, Owen Burns, with designs by Thomas Reed Martin of Martin Studios of Sarasota. Mr Burns personal home was here.

Although the district is accessible by car, vehicles do not dominate this street. People can get there on foot or using the downtown's cheap ride-sharing service. The area is clean, safe, quaint and comfortable, with outdoor seating, storefronts, and homes facing onto a narrow street. The merchants group and the City maintain the area with welcome signs, flowers, and more.

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High resolution pics can be available through the Historic Society, Architecture Society and the Visit Sarasota organization.

Historic Burns Court
Historic Burns Court
Historic Burns Court
Historic Burns Court
Historic Burns Court
Historic Burns Court
Historic Burns Court
Historic Burns Court

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