Sarasota Architectural Tour

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Local Experience


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent)

Modernist houses: from the '50s to the Present

We will walk around one residential neighborhood that has home styles designed to harness the principles of international architecture to respond to the local subtropical environment. Some homes were designed by famous architects, built in the heyday of the Sarasota School of Architecture, a creative modernist style, in the 1950s. Others, more recent, incorporate those same techniques into up-to-the-minute construction, and still others have renovated the earlier designs for a more contemporary lifestyle. This same enclave has homes of other locally-popular styles, including Mediterranean Revival and coastal, providing ready-made contrasts. While we can't go into any of these private homes, their striking shapes and forms provide a sense of their strong design features.

We can stop afterward at one of Sarasota's famous shopping areas with commercial buildings in the same style for a snack and a respite, and to discuss the various ways in which the built environment can respond to the natural environment.


This tour looks at the facades of a variety of architectural styles from the 1950s to the present, with emphasis on modernist architecture. This is strictly a residential neighborhood, so there is no seating, no restrooms, and no places to purchase food or drink. Plan accordingly!

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Meet in front of the empty lot next to 1415 Westway Drive, Lido Shores. You may leave your car in front of the lot.

End location: The walking tour will make a loop back to the cars, but afterward it is just a short drive to the St. Armands shopping circle for food, drink, and restrooms.

Duration: 1 hour 30 min.


We will walk around a residential neighborhood. At the end, for a respite, there is a short drive.

What’s Included

Other: My service as your guide.
We will only be able to look at the outsides of the houses, but will have photos of the insides of some of the unique homes.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 USD - This is optional, only if you want food or drink at the end of the tour.

What’s Extra

Other: Transportation.
Food and drink at the end of the tour.


Itineraries may vary slightly due to construction or weather. Sunshine can be lovely, but please consider bringing a hat, sunscreen, and/or sunglasses. Also comfortable walking shoes and drinking water. All tours are undertaken at your own risk.

Private tour guide Benita

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