Belle Haven Apartments
Constructed in 1926, this historic three-story, building was originally called the El Verona Apartments. It was designed by architect Dwight James Baum in Sarasota in the Mediterranean Revival style and had 50 apartments. Baum designed many other buildings including the El Verona Hotel (which was demolished and replaced by the Sarasota Ritz Carleton hotel) and the Sarasota County Courthouse. Belle Haven is still considered one of the finest buildings in the city. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. As of 2018, a real estate developer is renovating the building into its temporary office space as it works to develop the surrounding area.
Backstory and Context
Kearns, Sarah L. "El Verona Apartments/Broadway Apartments." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. March 22, 1984. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/ee002c7b-4466-4007-a6a3-6dcc06137892.
Lahurd, Jeff. "Belle Haven building opened during Roaring ’20s." Herald-Tribune. May 20, 2014. https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20140520/belle-haven-building-opened-during-roaring-20s.
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