Burns Court: Off the Beaten Path

The owner/builder of Burns Court, Mr. Owen Burns arrived in Sarasota in 1910 to take advantage of the excellent sport fishing.  By 1913, he and his wife Vernona had purchased the Halton Sanitarium to turn it into a beautiful home on the bay.  Soon afterward, he established the Burns Realty Company, as well as, the Burns Dredging Company.

He became a significant force in the development of the city, both in construction and real estate ventures.  He purchased more than 75% of the present city from John Hamilton Gillespie.

Burns Court was constructed in 1925 and designed by noted architect, Thomas Reed Martin.  Two of Owen Burns’ brothers made their home here, as did many up-and coming Sarasotans.  Young John Ringling North even sublet one of the 800 square foot houses, back when rent was $50 a month.  He was selling Ringling Isles lots for his uncle, John Ringling. The National Park Service awarded designation to Burns Court as an Historic District in 1984.

Burns also built the Pineapple Apartments at Herald Square at a cost of $75,000. The handsome efficiency apartments were located on the second floor, with stores including Tee Gee, a five-and-dime shop; and Freeman’s Drugs on the first floor.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive

For more information visit:

Burns Map
Burns Square Website
City Guide


530 Burns Gallery
530 Burns Lane

Alderman Oaks
Retirement Residence
Alderman Oaks is Downtown Sarasota’s premier rental retirement residence
727 Hudson Avenue

Amanda Vincent Studio
538 S. Pineapple Avenue

Amore Restaurante’
446 S. Pineapple Avenue

Anne Folsom Smith
Interior Design, Inc.
330 S. Pineapple Avenue

Artisan Jewelers
A full service jewelry boutique specializing in custom and handmade jewelry
330 S. Pineapple Avenue, Unite 103

August Third
512 S. Pineapple Avenue

Awesome Orchids
330 S. Pineapple Avenue

Beauty and The Beads
422 S. Pineapple Avenue

Blank Slate Gallery
604 S. Pineapple Avenue

Blonde Cow Photography
505 Burns Court

BMO Harris Bank
240 S. Pineapple Avenue

Burns Court Cafe
401 S. Pineapple Avenue

Child Protection Center
Nonprofit. Mission: Prevention, Intervention & Treatment of Child Abuse.
720 S. Orange Avenue

Clever Rose Clothing Store
533 S. Pineapple Avenue

Cravats’ Custom Clothiers & Haberdashery
The premier custom clothier on the Florida West Coast
1530 Dolphin Street, Suite 5

Delight Vintage Clothing Store
537 S. Pineapple Avenue


Dick Dickinson Photography, Inc.
534 S. Pineapple Avenue

Floridays Development Co.
Real estate development, hotel development & real estate investments
783 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 210

Ford Art & Antiques
522 S. Pineapple Avenue

Fresh Start Cafe
630 S. Orange Avenue

Genuity Group
330 S. Pineapple Avenue

Get Loose Tea
136 S. Pineapple Avenue

Heirloom Antiques & Interiors
500 S. Pineapple Avenue

Insignia Bank
333 N. Orange Avenue

446 Burns CourtJ Wood Realty

J Wood Reality
330 S. Pineapple Avenue

Kaplan Contemporary Art
436 Burns Court

James D Gibson, Esq.
400 Burns Court

Jeffrey W Masser & Salon Srq
1533 Dolphin Street

Boutique & L. Spa
Women’s clothes & shoes, boys & girls-newborn-age 14. L. Spa
556 S. Pineapple Avenue

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q
301 Pineapple Avenue

Optional Art 2 Fine Jewelry
119 S. Pineapple Ave

Owen’s Fish Camp
516 Burns Lane

Partners In Time (South)
502 S. Pineapple Avenue

Patricia T Wilson
1530 Dolphin Street

Phil’s Gang
40 S. Pineapple Avenue

Philosophy & Vines
606 S. Pineapple Avenue

Pineapple Bay Trading Company
508 S. Pineapple Avenue

Pineapple Yoga
517 S. Pineapple Avenue


Piper, Hawkins & Company
CPA firm providing accounting and tax services.
Pineapple Avenue, Suite 106

Posh Pony and Pup
506 S. Pineapple Avenue

Rage Hair Design
330 S. Pineapple Avenue

Red Property Management
Property Management
555 S. Osprey Ave

Rustic Rooster
532 S. Pineapple Avenue

Sarasota Film Society Inc
330 S. Pineapple Avenue

Sarasota Magazine
(Gulfshore Media, LLC)
Your guide to the legendary Sarasota lifestyle and community.
330 S. Pineapple Avenue

Sarasota Trading Company
522 S. Pineapple Avenue

Scott Thomas Salon and Spa
417 S. Pineapple Avenue

SHOKO Lash Studio
1530 Dolphin Street Ste 6

539 S. Pineapple Avenue

Srq Magazine
331 S. Pineapple Avenue

Starflower Organic Spathecary
415 S. Pineapple Avenue

The Craft Bar
529 S. Pineapple Avenue

The Folsom Group
330 S. Pineapple Avenue

The Fountain Kitchen & Wine Bar
543 S. Pineapple

Treat an Accessories Boutique
530 S. Pineapple Avenue

William Joseph Fuller III, Esq
423 Burns Court

Wells Fargo
333 S. Pineapple Avenue

Woman’s Exchange Inc of Sarasota
539 S. Orange Avenue