Iconic community planned by Philip Hiss

Many homes in Lido Shores influenced by Sarasota School of Architecture

Hiss Studio on Lido Shores
Hiss Studio - 1310 Westway Drive

As you leave St. Armands Circle and head toward Longboat Key you may notice a wonderland of homes on your left before you reach the New Pass Bridge. It is the community of Lido Shores, with 116 unique homes that is the showcase for the Sarasota School of Architecture alumni. The homes here have their own charm and are named for either their unique feature, sleek lines or the color of paint on the exterior walls.

Those familiar with architects in the area will recognize those names that make up the A-list and have their signatures on many of the homes in Lido Shores. Turn left off John Ringling Parkway to Morningside Drive to get past the walls that protect the homes and offer privacy to the homeowners. You become privy to these elegant homes that were built shortly after World War II.

Lido Shores Umbrella House
Rudolph's Umbrella House in this 2015 renovation photo

One of the more visible homes is the Umbrella House, designed by famed architect Paul Rudolph. A large awning keeps plenty of shade on the pool below it. Originally designed for Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss in 1953, it had 3,000 square feet of lattice for an umbrella-like awning. The parasol was destroyed by a hurricane and storms twenty years later. The umbrella was restored in 2016 with modern construction techniques and has become a perennial favorite on the Sarasota MOD week tours in November.

Another home on the Sarasota MOD tour is the building next door, which was the studio of Hiss. Built in 1952 Hiss made most of his plans for the new community in this studio. While working on the iconic umbrella house Rudolph would walk next door and leave notes on blueprints of an aspiring architect, Tim Seibert. Seibert would eventually would go on to his own fame in the world of architecture and was the honored guest at last year's Sarasota MOD. The former studio at 1310 Westway Drive is now a private home.

Homes not on the Gulf of Mexico beaches in Lido Shore have mostly kept their original charm. The homes on the waterfront have been replaced with more modern styles, but still maintain the Lido Shores charm with influences by new architects that have their own rights to worldwide fame. The legacy of Lido Shores design was passed on to these new talented architects such as Guy Peterson, Clifford Scholz and Jonathon Parks.

REALTALK™ community showcase on Lido Shores
The Lido Shores community in REALTALK™ #133.

I described Lido Shores last summer in REALTALKplus™ #133 when I discussed the cool modern look of the newer homes. They continued the climate-sensitive designs of the 1950s and are built with clean lines and plenty of glass. They were built for form and possess a delicate blend of function. The location is wonderful as well, with St. Armands Circle within walking distance to the south and the Publix shopping complex just a short trip up Longboat Key. There is a private beach club for all homeowners in Lido Shores to enjoy.

There are currently 12 homes for sale in Lido Shores including a wonderful home I have listed at 1222 Center Place. Charm and history abound at this well-maintained, updated 3BR plus office mid-century modern, which was designed by famed architect Erwin Gremli II and was once the guest quarters for Dr. Marion Hoppin, a founding member of New College. The current owners have meticulously upgraded this residence inside and out, including a new roof in 2012, cedar wood exterior siding, three-car garage, new windows and sliders, new bathrooms with custom tile work and more.

1222 Center Place in Lido Shores
Lido Shores Listing - 1222 Center Place

Last week I have listed two homes in Bird Key, a residence in Beachplace and one home in Palm Aire. The first is a stunning three bedroom home at 670 Mourning Dove Drive, offering more than 4,000 square feet of designer living space in the exclusive community of Bird Key. The other Bird Key home is at 438 Partridge Circle. This stylish four bedroom waterfront home features a living/dining room with double-sided gas fireplace, gourmet eat-in kitchen, sound-proof home theatre and office. The third listing is a top-floor residence in building 6 of Beachplace with new windows and glass sliders throughout at 1095 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #602. My active listing at 5807 Fairwoods Circle is on the fourth green of Palm Aire Country Club, is maintenance free and has great curb appeal. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
670 Mourning Dove Drive $2,895,000 Video Photo Slideshow
438 Partridge Circle $2,195,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1095 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #602 $699,000   Photo Slideshow
5807 Fairwoods Circle $370,000   Photo Slideshow


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