Landmark home being renovated


taylorThe Taylor-Whitfield house, at the corner of Bay Shore Road and Indian Beach Drive in Sarasota, is undergoing an extensive renovation, overseen by architect Wm. Thorning Little.

The house, which longtime resident Pat Taylor sold last August for $1.51 million, is on the National Register of Historic Places and has long been considered one of the most attractive houses in the city. The yellow Spanish-style house was one of the finest in the city when it was built in 1926 during the Florida Land Boom. It was built by J.G. Whitfield, brother of the man who developed Whitfield Estates.

The house hosted several home tours during Taylor's ownership.

Current owners Malouf and Therese Abraham are replacing much of the landscaping, restoring the windows, putting in a new kitchen and bathrooms, and making several other repairs and upgrades, Little said. The landscape architecture will be changed, as well, as the driveway exit on the curve where Indian Beach Road meets Bay Shore Road will be eliminated.

Little estimated that the project could be completed by mid-summer.

Harold Bubil

Recipient of the 2015 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects/Florida-Caribbean, Harold Bubil is real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Born in Newport, R.I., his family moved to Sarasota in 1958. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School in 1970 and the University of Florida in 1974 with a degree in journalism. For the Herald-Tribune, he writes and edits stories about residential real estate, architecture, green building and local development history. He also is a photographer and public speaker. Contact him via email, or at (941) 361-4805.
Last modified: May 4, 2015
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