by Glenn Johnson, Coastal Photography
Walter Farley House listed as one of “Florida’s 11 to Save”
by Ralph Twitchell, Venice, Florida, US, 1956

Docomomo International would like to draw your attention that Florida Trust for Historic Preservation listed the Venice home once owned by “The Black Stallion” author Walter Farley on “Florida’s 11 to Save” this summer at a virtual conference hosted in conjunction with Florida Main Street.

Each year, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 11 to Save program as part of its Florida Preservation Conference. The program is designed to increase the public’s awareness of the urgent need to save Florida’s historic resources, and to empower local preservationists and preservation groups in their efforts to preserve Florida’s rich history. Inclusion on the Florida’s 11 to Save is a starting point for advocacy and education efforts, and are intended to be part of a collaborative effort to identify custom solutions for each property.

“Built in 1956, the Walter Farley House was designed by famed Sarasota School Architect Ralph Twitchell, with an addition by Jack West. It was built as the home and studio of Walter Farley, the author of the Black Stallion series of books. Walter and his wife Rosemary were tightly integrated into Venice and its literary community. They were founding members of the Friends of the Venice Library. They also hosted gatherings in their home for members of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Nestled on a couple of acres overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the property is currently on the market and is dually listed as a home for sale (which is in need of repair) and as vacant land for a buyer to demolish in order to construct a new home. Included on the History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County’s 2020 Six to Save List, the nominator encourages local preservation groups and community leaders to collaborate and identify solutions for the preservation of the property.”

Florida Trust website: link.
Press release for full details on each of the 2020 11 to Save: link.
To learn more about the Farley home at 1100 Sunset Drive, Venice, visit
To view a video tour of the property, visit
To learn more about the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, visit
News: Herald Tribune