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Updated: 01/22/2014 08:00:01AM

Speakeasy Soiree

… will light up Powel Crosley Estate on New Year’s Eve

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The Powel Crosley home, named Seagate, is on the Sarasota Bay, and the courtyard is a beautiful setting for a party like this one.

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The Masque of the Red Death Halloween party at the Powel Crosley estate was scary fun.

By DEBBIE FLESSNER

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Plenty of folks have a winter home down in Southwest Florida, but not many of them have the kind of house that Cincinnati inventor and businessman Powel Crosley built in north Sarasota in 1929.

The 11,000 square foot, 21-room, 10-bath Powel Crosley home, named Seagate, was innovative for its time, and was actually the first steel-framed private residence built in the state of Florida. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, Seagate was saved from commercial development and purchased for renovation by Manatee County, which now operates it as a meeting, conference and event venue.

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