El Vernona Hotel–John Ringling Hotel

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El Vernona Hotel–John Ringling Hotel
Front of the hotel
Front of the hotel
General information
Architectural styleMediterranean Revival
Address111 Tamiami Trail North
Town or citySarasota, Florida
CountryUnited States
Coordinates27°20′13″N 82°32′50″W / 27.33694°N 82.54722°W / 27.33694; -82.54722Coordinates: 27°20′13″N 82°32′50″W / 27.33694°N 82.54722°W / 27.33694; -82.54722
Construction started1925
CompletedSeptember 1926
OpenedDecember 31, 1926 (1926-12-31)
Cost$800,000 ($11.6 million in 2019 dollars)[1][2]
Design and construction
ArchitectDwight James Baum
DeveloperOwen Burns
Other information
Number of rooms150
El Vernona Hotel–John Ringling Hotel
El Vernona Hotel–John Ringling Hotel is located in Florida
El Vernona Hotel–John Ringling Hotel
El Vernona Hotel–John Ringling Hotel is located in the United States
El Vernona Hotel–John Ringling Hotel
MPSSarasota MRA
NRHP reference #95000164[2]
Added to NRHPMarch 05, 1987

The El Vernona Hotel–John Ringling Hotel was a famous hotel located at 111 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, Florida, United States.


The hotel was designed by Dwight James Baum and built in 1926 by developer Owen Burns who named it after his wife. The hotel opened on New Year's Eve 1926.[3] John Ringling bought it after stock market crash of 1929 and renamed it the John Ringling Hotel. In 1964 it was renamed the John Ringling Towers and converted to apartments. By 1980 it was vacant and deteriorating. On March 5, 1987, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, but the building was razed in 1998 to make room for the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton.[4]


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System – El Vernona Hotel–John Ringling Hotel (#87000197)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "El Vernona Hotel - a.k.a. John Ringling Hotel". Sarasota History Alive!. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Historic Preservation and the Sarasota School of Architecture: Three Case Studies, Christopher J. Berger

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