Chadwick House Fernandina Beach, Florida

      Locally this this Victorian house was known as the Chadwick House.  It is located at 121 N.6th Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida. It was built by a local mariner Captain Stephen Chadwick, in 1883.   It is a Queen Anne style wood frame home. It is set on brick piers.  It has been maintained through the years by the descendant of the Captain.  It is located over 6 city lots in the heart of historic downtown.

     The house features 3,332 square feet of space.  There is a wrap around porch. There are ornate curved wood banisters, a working fire place, pine hard wood flooring, original windows.

  Fernandina Beach is located on the north end of Amelia Island which is located in the Atlantic Ocean north and east of the Florida mainland.

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Solomon Guggenheim Museum

Solomon Guggenheim Museum

     The Guggenheim Museum is an iconic art museum in New York City located at 1071 5th Avenue.  This is the permanent home of an extensive collection of Impressionist, Post Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art.

   The first home of the Guggenheim was opened in 1939 in rented space by the Stanley Guggenheim Foundation.  

     The museum retained Frank Lloyd Wright to design a new home for the collection.  He proposed a cylindrical building that was wider at the top than the base.  As a cost saving measure the outer walls were made of concrete instead of stone.  Wright’s original plan was the the walls would be red; this plan was discarded for white walls.  The museum moved to the new building in 1959.

     The builds was renovated and expanded in 1992.   The Guggenheim Museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 6/6/2008.

Sarasota Bayfront Park

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Bayfront  Park

     Bayfront Park is located in Sarasota at 5 Bayfront Drive near the intersection of US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. It sits on Sarasota Bay between the bay and the city marina.  From the park, downtown  sky line can be seen.

     The parking is free.  It features excellent paths for walking and jogging.  Fishing and boating are available.  There is a play ground and a children’s play fountain.  There is a Dolphin Fountain.

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Dolphin Fountain Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park  Entrance

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John Ringling Causeway Sarasota

John Ringing Causeway

     This bridge is the John Ringing Causeway aka Ringling Bridge or Gil Waters Bridge

     The first bridge at this site was built in 1925 by John Ringling.  It extended from Sarasota to Lido and Longboat Keys.  Ringling financed the bridge at a cost of $750,000.  He built the bridge to have access to his land holdings on the two keys.  The bridge opened in 1926.  Over the years, the bridge deteriorated and the damage was so extensive that in 1951 the state began to replace the bridge

     The replacement bridge was a four lane drawbridge.  It opened in 1959  The cost of the bridge was $20 million.  Around 2000, the bridge exhibited marked deterioration.  

     A new high span bridge was proposed and was built.  It opened in 2003.  This current bridge carries 4 lanes of traffic on SR 789 and a pedestrian lane.It crosses Sarasota Bay. Design is segmental box girder.  Total length of the bridge is 3,097.04 feet. Width is 106.35 feet.  Height is 65 feet.  There are 11 spans.Construction costs are 68 million dollars.  The bridge was constructed by PCL Construction.

    

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