Court House
Sarasota County Court House

Location: South side of Main St. at US 301
After the formation of Sarasota County in 1921, a permanent seat of government was needed. This site, once an Indian village, was donated by Charles and Edith Ringling to be used for a courthouse "forever." A bond issue was authorized and Dwight James Baum was commissioned to design this Mediterranean style structure. To symbolize the balance of power there are two wings, one for administration, the other for judicial purposes. A tower and reflection pool connected them. Construction began in 1926 and was completed in 1927. Additions to the original building have kept that Mediterranean theme.


Sarasota County Historical Commission 1982.