Sarasota Alliance For Historic Preservation Inc
4316 Drake Blvd. E
Bradenton FL 34203

To build a collaborative relationship for preservation within and for the community, bodies of governance and professional entities and tell the story of our collective historic places while holding the promise of a sustainable future.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Lorrie Muldowney
Board Chair Affiliation Self-Employed Consultant
General Info
Supported Organization Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, Inc.
Former Names
Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation and the Arts
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1985
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
SAHP IRS StatementView
Impact Statement

Annual Historic Homes Tour 2017

The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation (SAHP) is the organizer of the Annual Historic Homes Tour, now in its 28th year. SAHP, in partnership with local homeowners opens the doors to Sarasota’s rich architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes during its annual “always sold out” event.

The Annual Historic Homes Tour typically attracts up to 1000 attendees who have the opportunity to see, first hand, the benefits of thoughtfully curated architectural preservation. SAHP is forever grateful to the generous homeowners who open their homes for the public to come, see, and understand why historic preservation is so important to the identity of a community.

The Indian Beach community was the focus of the 2017 event and featured four homes built between 1920-1925 and one modern home from the Sarasota School of Architecture period, designed by Ralph Twitchell in 1941.

2017 marked the 27th consecutive event promoting the collaboration between private individuals and Founded in 1985, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation is dedicated to bringing awareness of the relevance of historic preservation to the Sarasota community. Proceeds from the event provide operating support for historic preservation initiatives in and around Sarasota County.

Primary Focus for 2018

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation will embark on a fundraising campaign in 2018 to grow its endowment to support operating and maintenance expenses for the Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain and Reflecting Pool.

SAHP was instrumental in resurrecting this important, but forgotten local historical masterpiece that was, literally, buried under a mound of dirt decades ago after severe neglect caused it to become a safety hazard.

Gifts and grants are needed to increase the endowment to a point where is it self-sustaining. At the moment, only a part of the annual operating expense is supported by endowment earnings and SAHP must use its valuable, but limited, resources to keep this important historic site operational. As stewards of this historical resource, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation wants to guarantee a permanent future for the Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain and Reflecting Pool.

Needs Statement

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation has an immediate need for the following initiatives:

Endowment Fund Campaign. SAHP intends to grow the Mabel Ringling Endowment Fund to $50,000 to perpetually support regular maintenance and repair expenses to the historic Mabel Ringling Fountain and Reflection Pool. The Alliance maintains an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and has reached approximately 50% of its goal.

Unrestricted Operating Support: The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation is in need of unrestricted funds to support local initiatives that elevate the benefits of historic preservation in our communities. SAHP receives no government funding for our operations, so member dues and contributions are crucial if we are to continue our work of informing the public on the benefits of protecting our irreplaceable architectural and cultural heritage.

SAHP is an all-volunteer organization. Your charitable gift goes to the implementation of our preservation and outreach programs, community grants, and operational support.


Background Statement

The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, Inc. is a non-profit, publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1985 to save architect Dwight Baum's El Vernona Hotel. The El Vernona was built in 1925 by owner Owen Burns and was situated near the corner of US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in Sarasota.  The property is currently occupied by the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

By the 1980s the El Vernona was known as the John Ringling Towers and was used for student housing for the Ringling College of Art & Design. Our highly publicized effort to save the towers from demolition during the late 1990s raised the community's consciousness and the ire of those interested in saving the historical integrity of Sarasota, Florida.

In spite of a dramatic outpouring of support by public, private, and corporate friends, the Alliance was not able to save the John Ringling Towers and they fell to the wrecking ball in 1998.

The Alliance is comprised of hundreds of residents, visitors, artists, architects, engineers, historians, builders, archaeologists, Realtors, planners, designers, and writers working together to preserve and encourage others to identify and preserve the remaining significant landmarks and emerging ones that define Sarasota County.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments

The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation serves primarily Sarasota County and may include communities that exist outside of our geographical boundaries but advance the principles and best practices of historic preservation.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation has successfully implemented the stated mission ‘to preserve and enhance our historic places’ since 1985. This is demonstrated by the historic C.B. Wilson House, now a public amenity at the Urfer Family Park, 23 years of Historic Homes Tours and now the rehabilitation of the Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain in Luke Wood Park. Public outreach events such as the Jack West Exhibit, the Sarasota County Public School Exhibit and the Tour Venice and Tour Sarasota Architecture maps demonstrate a robust and creative spirit of preservation. Most important is the fiduciary responsibility practiced by the previous board members, making it possible for us to continue their good work.
Our greatest future challenges are like those of many non-profit organizations: stimulating new and next-generation membership and marrying the demographics of preservation to technology. While these are challenges, the process of solving them offers opportunities to share experiences, learn from each other and create essential new communities that will take us forward.
I was recruited in 2009 by Don Smally, one of the original founders of the Alliance, after being a Homes Tour docent and then a Homes Tour House Manager. What began as a hobby, I now understand to be an important part of why I love Sarasota. I hope you’ll consider joining us as we continue to preserve and enhance our historic places.
Lorrie Muldowney, President
Description The Sarasota Alliance's signature event takes place on the first Sunday in March. In 2017, the public was invited to tour the interior and the gardens of five historically-significant homes. The styles were quite diverse this year and included examples of a Spanish Revival home, a 1920s Mission-style home, a 1925 clapboard vernacular home, and a 1942 home designed by Ralph Twitchell, a prominent Sarasota architect.  A speaker was placed at the entrance of each of these sites to provide architectural, personal, and historical information. A narrated trolley tour of the surrounding neighborhood often provides context and the opportunity to view other notable sites of historical significance.
Budget $5,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified US& International Families
Short Term Success Successfully marketing to new groups to increase attendance and awareness of the need to preserve and celebrate historic architecture. The donations received from this event are imperative to our short-term and long-term goals.
Long Term Success Success can be measured in awareness in the cultural benefit derived from drawing attention to historic architecture as a means of preserving the past and as a reference for the future.  SAHP continually monitors community trends and sentiments as they relate to the cultural impact of historic preservation.  The ultimate success will be the vigilant promotion of the need for preservation of significant structures in our communities
Program Success Monitoring Several committees within the organization continually monitor the "temperature" of the community, other local preservation societies, and governmental agencies for movement in the existing standards and protocols for historic preservation in the area.  SAHP is vigilant in its efforts to place the best practices of historic preservation front and center in the minds of citizens, organizations, and civic entities.
Program Success Examples
The 2017 Historic Homes Tour had over 1000 attendees, a record breaking year. Additionally, the attendees came greater distances and from new counties. The tour was the first to collaborate with schools to educate the public about the importance of neighborhood planning and to utilize students and faculty as docents. The outcome was new awareness of our program and the participating school's programs. 
The successful rehabilitation of a long-forgotten piece of Sarasota's history was literally uncovered and restored for the benefit of generations.  The Mabel Ringling Memorial Fountain at Luke Wood Park is a shining example of the community getting behind historic preservation.  The fountain complex was unearthed, researched, and faitifully restored to it's former glory and stands today as a best example of grassroots historic preservation.

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation Bus Tours feature historic buildings in Sarasota County. The tour provides a lecture, archival images, and onsite visits for members and the general public. The focus is on the architects and the historic structures.  The Alliance offers the bus tours to the paid membership as well as offering the trips to the general public. Prior tours include the Owen Burns Celebration Bus Tour, John Hamilton Gillespie Tour, the Ringling Legacy Tour and Thomas Reed Martin - Architect historical tour.  Tours are always sold out well in advance. The event is budgeted at $3,200 which includes the coach fees, administrative costs, and refreshments.

Budget $3,200
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International Families General/Unspecified
Short Term Success In addition to the tour expenses, surplus funds from these tours support operational expenses and preservation projects that are the mission of our organization.
Long Term Success  Year after year, the Preservation Bus Tours promote awareness of the perils to historic architecture.  By visiting existing sites and showing the places that have been lost to development against the archival images offered by collaboration with The History Center and the Ringling Museum of Art is the best way to demonstrate the need to preserve our architectural heritage.
Program Success Monitoring Community awareness is deeply integrated in our primary mission of preserving historical architecture.  A robust dialogue with the Alliance membership, local community leaders, preservationists, sister organizations and the general public is the best way to promote awareness and action that translate into program success.
Program Success Examples The successful fundraising effort to resurrect and restore the Mabel Ringling Memorial Fountain is one of our proudest examples of our commitment to our mission and our annual Historic Homes Tour held each March is an excellent example of the community supporting grassroot historical preservation efforts.

 Through the generous support of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and the collaborative spirit of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, new life has been given to a historic treasure and a public space enlivened. However, ongoing maintenance, including $1400 for pool service, $1500 for utilities, and $2300 for miscellaneous repairs are required to ensure its viability.

Budget $5,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International General/Unspecified Families
Short Term Success Our goal to complete this privately-funded project in the spirit of the original founders has been realized. Our mission now is to preserve it as one of Sarasota’s treasured historic places.
Long Term Success
The fountain is a gateway to the downtown historic districts. It showcases our history and is a visible asset, day and night, which invites residents and tourists to enjoy the park.
Program Success Monitoring Success of the project's fiscal and historic accuracy is measured monthly by the SAHP board. The City of Sarasota's Public Works manager, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Selby Grant criteria  have oversight in the project specific to their fields of expertise.
Program Success Examples The completed project was under budget thanks to collaboration from the Senior Friendship Center, FSU's Master Craftsman Studio, The Ringling Museum of Art, the cost saving efforts contractors and crews. 
Program Comments by Organization
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Dorothea Calvert -
Joyce Hart Jan 2011 - Dec 2016
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 13
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Friends of the Sarasota County History Center
University of Florida Historic Preservation Program 
Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Indian Beach Sapphire Shores Association
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art & FSU-Master Craftsman Studio
City of Sarasota Planning Board and the Historic Preservation Board
Sarasota County
Friends of Sarasota County History Center
Historical Society of Sarasota County:
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 6
Strategic Plan Adopted 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Multi-Media Comments by Organization The attached video is an eleven minute synopsis of a project born in 2010 and completed in 2013. Larry Kelleher, board member, native son, editor of Sarasota History Alive and Media Specialist for Sarasota County Historic Resources sought to document in real time each step and each participant of the renovation process. We hope you enjoy and are moved by the collaborative efforts that made this community project a success.
Board Chair
Board Chair Lorrie Muldowney
Company Affiliation Self-Employed Consultant
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Michael Ayres Assistant Director of Development, USF Sarasota-Manatee
Dave Baber Former Manager of the Srq Cty History Center
Amy Barnes Theme Tour Guide and Location/Production Manager
Erin DiFazio Premier Plus Realty
Richard Hershner Community Advocate
Martha Horton Landscape Architect
Larry Kelleher Digital Media Specialist-Sarasota County History Center
Lorrie Muldowney Self-Employed
Linda Stevenson Director Preservation Institute: Nantucket Center for World Heritage & Stewardship, University of Florida
Ginger Sutton ERA Waterside Realty
Robin Thomas Community Advocate
Joyce Waterbury Retired Operations Manager Ford Motor Credit Company
Ruthmary Williams Retired Teacher
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 73
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Governance Comments by Organization

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation is a self-governed, non-profit, volunteer organization directed by a thirteen-member Board of Directors, each possessing knowledge and skills that are vital to the success of the organization. This Board is a working Board and, as such, each director participates in a way that draws on his/her professional experience and background.

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $18,000.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,826----
Administration Expense$2,258----
Fundraising Expense$5,277----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.80----
Program Expense/Total Expenses27%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue28%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$79,307----
Current Assets$79,307----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$79,307----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $18,661----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $27----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from financial compilations.
Nonprofit Sarasota Alliance For Historic Preservation Inc
Address 4316 Drake Blvd. E
Bradenton, FL 34230
Phone 800 753-6061