Last week I joined a group of women on a self-guided tour of the Powel Crosley Estate across from the Sarasota airport.
The Florida winter home called Seagate was built in 1929 during part of the Gulf Coast Golden Age, similar in style to Ca’d’Zan, the Ringling family mansion down the road. The 11,000-square-foot home has 21 rooms and 10 baths, and the adjacent carriage house has room for three cars and servants’ quarters on the second floor. Originally the mansion had a swimming pool, a seaplane dock and yacht basin.
The estate has been renovated and showcases beautiful woodwork and tile designs throughout. It is currently used for conferences and a beautiful setting for sunset weddings.
Occasionally, museum docents are on site for free tours if interested in learning more about the home or the inventor Powel Crosley and his family. This is a fun place to visit for an hour to marvel how life may have been in Florida 94 years ago.