I was all ready to post another photo today until my husband and I ate dinner at St. Armand’s Circle last evening and spent time exploring the central park named Harding Circle. This lamp post is one of eight found in the park. Doing a little research on line, I discovered Ken Thompson Sarasota’s long-time city manager, while visiting San Simeon, the California estate of William Randolph Hearst, happened upon lighting fixtures around the pool. He brought the idea back to Sarasota. A Tampa company cast the double-headed statue in caryatid (a supporting column carved in the shape of a person) style based on a limestone relief of the Greek head “Winged Victory” at the Ringling Museum. The lamps were installed at strategic spots around the park in the mid 1960’s.
We also discovered a large plaque which explained the history of the island and its ties to John Ringling. Instead of me writing a detailed description I am also posting a picture of it. Happy Reading!:)