January Local History Events

I’m feeling bad about leaving you in the lurch here at the Historical Society of Sarasota County, what with our two upcoming events (Conversation on Jan 11 and Sunday Afternoon Social on Jan 16) being cancelled, so here’s some substitutes to keep you and your brain occupied until we meet again.

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Sunday Afternoon Social: Sarasota’s last Lustron Home

EDIT Jan 7 2022: Alas and alack… the January Convo and the January Sunday Afternoon Social have been cancelled due to folks’ wariness with the covid variation.The Board hopes to find another time to present these 2 great topics, but for now, bookmark our Events Page where you will find the most up-to-date info on gatherings at HSoSC.

Sarasota is renowned for its mid century modern structures designed by nationally known local architects and collectively known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. The designs employed innovative use of materials, engineering and spatial configurations. Many of the city and county’s SSA treasures are, or have been, the focus among preservationists who seek to preserve these architectural links to our past. 

Lesser known but equally innovative, was the Lustron House. It was conceived to help meet the demands for housing among returning WWII veterans and their families. Like the earlier Sears Kit Houses, the concept brought mass production to homebuilding to save time and costs in construction, and sought to re-purpose the industrial capacity built in the United States for WWII.  

But unlike its predecessors, the Lustron Corporation employed the use of steel and porcelain enamel to achieve the same results, and added the concept of low maintenance and durability.


Our Sunday Afternoon Social on January 16 at 2pm in the Crocker Memorial Church will focus on Sarasota’s last remaining Lustron Home #01687 located at 1956 Rose Street. We’ll discuss the history of the Lustron Corporation, this house and the challenges to its preservation and our efforts to secure its future.

— submittted by Tom McArdle

Our Sunday Afternoon Socials at the Crocker start at 2pm. These are light, cafe-style gatherings with light refreshment and interesting content. Members, $5 and yet-to-become-members, $10. There will be 3 more Socials, on February 13, March 20, and April 24, with topics yet to be announced.