October 23, 2021

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Home Gets Me Excited

Previous Venice dwelling of ‘The Black Stallion’ writer Walter Farley to be renovated

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VENICE – The owners of a beachfront residence at 1100 Sunset Travel when owned by Black Stallion author Walter Farley will be able to renovate the initial 1954 structure and Farley’s crafting studio, though constructing a new wrap-around home seaward of the gulf front setback line. 

The Florida Have confidence in for Historic Preservation stated the existing 3,299-square-foot residence as component of “Florida’s 11 to Save” in the summer time of 2020. It is also on the History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County’s 2020 6 to Preserve listing. 

Farley and his wife, Rosemary, have been among the founders of the authentic Venice General public Library. 

The new owners, Craig and Julie Hoensheid, acquired the home form Farley’s heirs in January 2021 for $1.77 million, which was roughly the value of the 1.86-acre beachfront parcel. 

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The home designed by Ralph Twitchell of the Sarasota School of Architecture for Walter Farley and his wife Rosemary at 1100 Sunset Drive is set back on a 1.86-acre wooded lot.

On Tuesday, the Venice Scheduling Commission, on a 6-1 vote, accepted a variance allowing for contractors to renovate the first home and Farley’s studio – both created by Ralph Twitchell and Jack West of the Sarasota College of Architecture, as perfectly as build a 4,000-sq.-foot new addition, like a new deck and swimming pool. 

As portion of the presentation to the planning commission, Glenn Darling of Corridor Darling Layout Studio showcased renderings of how the new structure would connect with the existing dwelling and not obstruct it. 

Venice Organizing Fee Chairman Barry Snyder forged the dissenting vote. He cited the argument built by attorney Bill Moore, who questioned whether the variance represented the minimum necessary, with respect to the gulf front setback line. 

This screen capture shows a computer rendering of the existing home at 1100 Sunset Drive, as well as the writing studio once used by Walter Farley, was shown by Glenn Darling of Hall Darling Design Studio at the Sept. 7 meeting of the Venice Planning Commission.

Moore represented Victor and Patricia Manning, the neighbors to the north, who are divided from the Hoensheid property by Deertown Gully, a metropolis of Venice stormwater drainage outfall. 

Aspect of the variance would enable the Hoensheids to mend and increase a wall to the north of the house. 

Moore, who obtained impacted social gathering position for his purchasers in the listening to, asked for a continuance, so he could enlist specialists to review the application. He claimed the Mannings – who were out of the state – only heard about the strategies to renovate the Farley home in late August. 

This screen capture shows a computer rendering of the existing home at 1100 Sunset Drive, as well as the addition owners Craig and Julie Hoensheid want to build on the property, along with a renovation of the existing home. As part of the project, a carport currently on the northern portion of the property would be demolished. The rendering was part of a presentation by Glenn Darling of Hall Darling Design Studio at the Sept. 7 meeting of the Venice Planning Commission.

Lawyer Jackson Boone countered that the application had been on file with the town in April and that the Hoensheids had been attempting to achieve their neighbors because May possibly. 

The present dwelling is 106 feet, 10 inches west of the setback line, proven in 1978 as an erosion command evaluate. 

The new structure would be a small extra than 82 ft, 2 inches west of that line. 

At its tallest, the household would be 26 toes, 8 inches tall. But that, as well, would taper down the nearer it acquired to the gulf. Darling stated it was to lessen the effect on the see from the Mannings’ residence. 

Boone also stressed that “the structure of the household is to include a new framework that is linked to the existing composition.” 

This screen capture shows a computer rendering of the existing home at 1100 Sunset Drive, as well as the addition owners Craig and Julie Hoensheid want to build on the property. The existing home, once owned by Black Stallion author Walter Farley is at left. The rendering was part of a presentation by Glenn Darling of Hall Darling Design Studio at the Sept. 7 meeting of the Venice Planning Commission.

Darling said of the existing home, “the state of the construction is genuinely in peril.” 

Amongst the problems are rotting wood, ruined masonry and many leaks. 

But, he famous, the addition was developed to assure that the current framework was not concealed by partitions. 

5 people today spoke in aid of the variance, including David Baber, previous supervisor of the Sarasota County Background Heart. 

He observed that the household was traditionally sizeable each simply because of the architecture and its former citizens. 

This screen capture shows a computer rendering of the existing home at 1100 Sunset Drive, as well as portion of an addition and a pool that owners Craig and Julie Hoensheid want to build on the property. The rendering was part of a presentation by Glenn Darling of Hall Darling Design Studio at the Sept. 7 meeting of the Venice Planning Commission.

“This buiding would be eligible both of those for the Nationwide Sign up of Historic Destinations and your local sign-up,” Baber reported. 

The carport, which would be demolished, had no significance with regard to the Sarasota College of Architecture, Baber included, then praised the Hoensheids. 

“Everting should be completed to aid them in this endeavor,” he claimed. 

Earle Kimel principally addresses south Sarasota County for the Herald-Tribune and can be reached at [email protected] Help community journalism with a electronic membership to the Herald-Tribune.

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