Historic Lido Shores home helped fund New College

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The iconic community of Lido Shores is home to many of the area’s architecturally significant homes, and some have decades of history and connection to the Sarasota community. Such is 1222 Center Place.

The property was used as a guest home by Courtland Hector Hoppin and Marion Crosby Hoppin from 1962 when they built it until 1996. The Hoppins studied under Carl Jung in Switzerland before they moved to the area to help start New College. The Hoppins were benefactors of Sarasota’s New College and the Lido Shores home was the venue for numerous lectures, recitals and fundraisers during New College’s fledgling years in the 1960s.

The home was designed by Erwin Gremli II and offers numerous mid-century modern original architectural features. These include a nearly 600 square-foot elevated great room with 15 foot formed plaster ceilings, with cove and recessed lighting. There are glass sliders that offer private courtyard views on the west and direct access to the lanai on the east. There is also a split staircase to the lanai with one side directly leading into the swimming pool. Other unique features include 12-foot high ceilings in two of the bedrooms, with ceiling lofts and clerestory windows. The 1,000 square-foot lanai boasts a 20-foot high screened cage and natural quarry tile surface.

The home is three bedrooms and two baths with one partial bath and a total of 2,273 square feet.

The current owners, who are the only other individuals to own the property since the Hoppins, have put the property on the market. It is listed with Coldwell Banker Luxury Realtor Roger Pettingell and is listed at $1.295 million.

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