As I prepare to write this, I realize that I can't really write any kind of real information about the history of Venice in such a small space. What I can do, is tell you what I like about the the historical part of Venice. First of all, I love the John Nolen plan for the city. I am sure you are familiar with John Nolen, who was world-renown for city planning. Dr. Fred Albee bought almost 3000 acres from Mrs. Potter Palmer in 1925 and he hired John Nolen t design a city on this land. Dr. Albee then sold his land to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and they asked John Nolen to complete his plan for the city on the Gulf.
Venice is laid out beautifully with lots of green park space, broad streets, and a Northern Italian design theme. If you look at a map of Venice, you still basically see John Nolen's street grid plan with several curvilinear streets, and I think that is what makes Venice so charming.
|Venice Avenue in the 1920s as seen in a photo from the Venice City Archives|
Of course, there is much early history starting in the 1870s with Richard Roberts settling in the area, and continuing in 1882 with Frank Higel and his family. The railroad was completed to Venice in 1911, at the behest of Mrs. Palmer who purchased 60,000 acres for development. I won't even touch the whole history of the Indians in are area, which was long before Mr. Roberts and Mr. Higel.
If you would like to know more, the Venice Archives and Area Historical Collection are available at the Triangle Inn, which is located behind the library and the Community Center. I also had my memory refreshed by a book I have, Districts and Structures on the National Register.
I hope you have enjoyed these posts about Venice, and if you are not familiar with this area, I do hope you will come and explore. It has been a lovely place to raise our family and to settle for the last 30 years. It is quiet, unassuming, and simply divine.