In it’s prior life, the building was originally designed for and served as the showroom for the Baker’s Badcock Furniture Store. Located on the west side of the newly revitalized Rosemary District in Sarasota, the building was so innovative at the time of its construction that is was named“… the most
modern of any store in the organization…” by the Sarasota Herald Tribune in May of 1957. The building is one of the last remaining “Roadside Architecture” Style mid-century structures in the area. The transparent design of the Showroom is characterized by a large band of storefront glass around the
single story portion of the building that minimized the inside/outside distinction and showcased the furniture as well as the activity inside the building.
After moving the Badcock Family furniture business to another location in 2005, the building remained vacant and was frequently vandalized until it was rescued in 2015 by a local developer. Recognizing the potential of this mid-century building, the developer decided to restore the building shell for future tenant spaces. In an effort to preserve the historic features of the building, such as the exposed postand-
beam steel structure, the original terrazzo floor, and thin aluminum window frames, the Architect, in collaboration with the new Owner, sought and was successful in historically designating the building. Now, the building is listed on the City of Sarasota Local Register of Historic Places as it exemplifies the broad cultural and economic history of the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County. In addition, the
completed restoration received the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award for Adaptive Use from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
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