Architecture on Florida's Key West reflects the diverse and colorful nature of those who have shaped this remote island's character: the grand classical homes of sea captains from New England, the cobbled-together wooden dwellings of ships' carpenters, the humble but charming cottages of cigar makers from Cuba. Today's equally varied population of artists, writers, and political figures contributes to that heritage by designing interiors and landscape that complement the vibrant tropical location, quirky isolationist tradition, and relaxed atmosphere.
Cities on the West Coast were developed by numerous visionaries whose legacy lives on in our architecture, thoughtfully planned parks and city centers, and sense of community. In Sarasota a 30-room mansion inspired by the Venetian Gothic palaces, was designed by New York architect Dwight James Baum, built by Owen Burns, and completed in 1926. It was named Cà d'Zan, "The House of John" in the Venetian dialect of Italian . Later a museum was built for their art collection. John Ringling and his brother, Charles, were instrumental in the modern development of Sarasota. The Sarasota School of Architecture is a mid-century modern movement indigenous to our region that resulted in highly innovative homes, currently studied and revered by architectural students the world over.