Towles Court Creative Arts Community
Tucked away amongst the moss-draped oak trees in the Laurel Park neighborhood of downtown Sarasota is the Towles Court Creative Arts Community. In 1905 Sarasota’s first Mayor built his home in this area along with a nine-hole golf course. In the 1920’s William Towles turned the golf course into a small residential neighborhood. The area went through periods of prosperity and peril until 1983 when NJ Olivieri saw potential in Sarasota and bought up decaying properties in the area with the intention of razing them and building new homes. Instead friends approached him with the concept of developing an artists’ colony instead. In December, 1995 Towles Court Artist Colony was born when the first artist signed a lease.
Traveling Gals Tip: If you are visiting Sarasota, the third Friday of each month Towles Court hosts an art walk with live music, wine and a chance to experience all the creative arts offered.