The unique Rosemary District, once known as Overtown, was part of the original plat of the Town of Sarasota in 1885.  As early as the 1890s, African Americans settled here, just north of downtown Sarasota, as it was then known as “Black Bottom.”  It adopted the name change to Overtown in the mid-1920s.

During the 1920s, the Florida real estate boom led to residents to invest and purchase land.  That resulted in an abundance of community activity.   There was a movie theater, billiards hall, barbershop, department store, ice cream parlor, auto dealership, filling station, lunch counter, grocery store, print shop, and a furniture store.  At the Savoy, friends socialized while listening to the latest hit songs.

In 1994, this area was officially named the Rosemary District in honor of the historic Rosemary Cemetery that was established in 1886 at Eight Street and Central Avenue. In 2003, the Rosemary Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive

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Anytime Fitness
1058 N. Tamiami Trail

Balance Health Fitness
423 N. Lemon Avenue

Barbara Banks Photography, Inc.
1421 5th Street

Blue Rooster
1525 B 4th Street

Canned Ham Vintage
1435 7th Street

Carefree Design Center
1091 Central Avenue

Commercial Property Owner
700 Coconut Avenue

Children First, Inc.
1723 N. Orange Avenue

Children’s Garden & Art Center
1670 10th Street

Cove Cleaners
1400 Fruitville Road

Dasaka Salon
650 Central Avenue

Definition Fit
1471 5th Street

Downtown Laundry of
Sarasota, Inc
1659 10th Street

Empire Ballroom Studios
1370 Boulevard of the Arts

Halflants + Pichette Architects
Award-winning modern architecture firm focused on residential and commercial projects
1383 5th Street

Hall Architects
Architecture, interior design, planning
513 Central Avenue

Home Resource
741 Central Avenue

Hotel Indigo Sarasota & Restaurant H2o
1223 Boulevard of the Arts

Hyatt Sarasota
1000 Boulevard of the Arts

Lolita Tartine
1419 5th Street

Lotus Nails Spa
1058 N. Tamiami Trail

Mandeville Beer Garden
428 N. Lemon Avenue

Maximillian’s Cafe
1695 10th Street

Metro Pet Salon Inc
420 Central Avenue

Michael Urban Hair Studio
453 N. Orange Avenue

Minuteman Press
1746 10th Way A2

Orange Avenue Grocery
1941 N. Orange Avenue

Planned Parenthood of SW FL
736 Central Avenue

Renaissance Plaza
1391 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota Architectural
Design Features for the home, office, restaurant and garden
1093 Central Avenue

Sarasota Fitness Studio
1370 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota Garden Club
1131 Blvd. of the Arts

Sarasota Marche
1826 4th Street

Sarasota Salon and Spa
930 Cocoanut Avenue

Seibert Architects, P.A.
1373 5th Street

Station 400
400 N. Lemon Avenue

The Barber
430 Central Avenue

The Downtowner
439 Kumquat Street

The Players Theatre
High quality, volunteer driven theatrical productions
838 N. Tamiami Trail

The Salvation Army
Community Services
1400 10th Street

The Sarasota Collection
622 Central Avenue

The Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
An Historic multi-purpose facility hosting exhibits and events
801 N. Tamiami Trail

The Starlite Room
1001 Cocoanut Avenue

Top Knot Salon
426 Central Avenue

Uptown Eatery & Catering
436 Central Avenue

Van Wezel Foundation
777 N. Tamiami Trail

1477 10th Street