Lemon Bay Woman's Club - Englewood, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member crackergals
N 26° 57.792 W 082° 21.475
17R E 365222 N 2983083
Quick Description: Located off Historic Dearborn Sreet in Englewood Florida
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 2/19/2009 4:28:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM5W7D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The Lemon Bay Woman's club was organized by Dr. Mary Green who was a school teacher in Englewood. Originally named the Lemon Bay Mother's Club, a name retained until April 1924, the club played an important role in the development of the religious, educational, civic and political life of Englewood. Construction on the prairie style clubhouse was begun in September 1925 on two lots donated in Lampp subdivision by A. Stanley and Winifred E. Lampp. Englewood, incorporated in 1925, and the surrounding area then boasted 300 residents.
Sarasota architects Thomas Reed Martin and Clare C, Hosmer, formerly of Chicago, donated their design services for the building. Carpenters Pat Lampp, Fred Clark, and Leroy Bastedo were responsible for the clubhouse construction. The building originally consisted of a screened veranda and one large meeting room featuring a brick fireplace and a semi-circular stage, for which total construction cost was 3,120. A housewarming held on February 19, 1926, attracted 200 persons. Official incorporation, a year later, occurred under the direction of Charlotte Wellington, president.
In 1922, under the leadership of Mrs. Hallie Green, members started a school library and maintained a lending library at the club until 1962. Surviving the depression and the loss of its $37 treasury when banks failed, the club continued to hold fish fries, nature study classes, dances, card parties, plays, musical programs, travelogues and lectures. The club retired its mortgage on February 24, 1938. The note was burned at a gala meeting on March 4, 1938
Between 1926 and 1970 the club served as a sanctuary for many Englewood churches and as a meeting place for various organizations. The Englewood Community Church was the first congregation to meet at the club. Others included the Community Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, St. Raphael's Catholic Church, St. David's Episcopal Church, Evangelical Free Church, Church of God, Church of Christ, First Methodist Church, and Calvary Baptist Church. During World War II the building was turned over to the American Red Cross. The club was the first building in Englewood to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Street address:
51 Maple Street
Englewood, FL USA

County / Borough / Parish: Sarasota County

Year listed: 1988

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Club was organized in 1918 as the Lemon Bay Mother's Club and provided educational and cultural opportunities for early Englewood residents.

Periods of significance: 1925-1949, 1950-1974

Historic function: Education,Arts and Culture

Current function: Continues to be used as The Lemon Bay Women's Club

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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