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Chidsey Library
Front of Chidsey Library
Front of Chidsey Library
General information
Type Government library
Architectural style
Address 701 North Tamiami Trail
Town or city Sarasota, Florida
Country United States
Coordinates 27°20′32″N 82°32′51″W / 27.3423°N 82.5476°W / 27.3423; -82.5476
Named for John and Ida Chidsey
Construction started May 12, 1941 (1941-05-12)
Inaugurated November 13, 1941
Client Sarasota
Owner Sarasota
Design and construction
  • Thomas Reed Martin
  • Frank C. Martin
Architecture firm Martin Studio of Architecture
Chidsey Library
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NRHP reference No. 11000241
Added to NRHP May 4, 2011

The Chidsey Library or Chidsey Building is a historic building located in Sarasota, Florida at 701 North Tamiami Trail. The building was home to the city's first public library from 1941 to 1976.


The library's design was done by Martin Studio of Architecture consisting of Thomas Reed Martin and Frank C. Martin. The Chidsey Library opened in May 1941 as the City of Sarasota's first public library building. The building was dedicated to John and Ida Chidsey in November 1941 as they made the building possible by helping pay for the majority of the cost for the project which was approximately $25,000, equivalent to $321,000 in 2016.

In 1974, Sarasota County assumed responsibility of all public libraries throughout the county. The building was used as a library until 1976, when library operations moved to Selby Library at 1001 Boulevard of the Arts. At the same time, Sarasota County Historical Resources moved into a portion of the Chidsey Library. The county's Historical Resources fully occupied the Chidsey Building in 1998, when library operations moved to its current location at Selby Public Library.

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