History of Golden Gate Point

Golden Gate Point has a rich history dating back over a century. In 1910, Owen Burns, a Chicago developer, purchased a large tract of land that included a small peninsula of land on Sarasota Bay which would later come to be called Cedar Point. At the time, it was just a small strip of undeveloped land.

In 1922 Burns began a dredge and fill project that added a seawall and substantially enlarged the peninsula. Later in 1925, Burns teamed with John Ringling, the iconic Sarasota Circus magnet and developer. The two proposed a new plat for Golden Gate Point that was approved on February 23, 1925.

Construction of multi-family apartments began in 1941 with the Riviera apartments, consisting of just 12 units. The building was designed by famed Sarasota School of Architecture founder, Ralph Twitchell. Construction of additional multi-family parcels took off in the 1950’s with the 8 additional developments. During the real estate boom of the early 2000’s, developers purchased an razed several of the older apartments to make way for luxurious new waterfront condominiums. In 2009, a major streetscape improvement project was completed that included new paver streets, lush foliage, palm trees, and gas lantern lighting. This project dramatically improved the appearance and character of the neighborhood.

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