The Bradenton, Florida Convention and Visitors Bureau was so pleased with the results of Manatee County's $1.3 million investment into the restoration of the carriage house at the Powel Crosley Estate that Manatee County will nominate the renovation to the National Association of Counties for an arts and historic preservation award.
In 1929, Powel Crosley Jr. acquired the property on Sarasota Bay and built the mansion for his family and a separate carriage house where his chauffeur and other employees resided.
In 1991, the Crosley buildings were in ruins. Manatee County acquired the buildings while the University of South Florida acquired the remaining acres fronting U.S. 41, where it constructed a branch campus.
The County gradually restored the mansion, which as we well know is now rented for weddings, performances and other events.
As we noted, the County just recently completed renovations of the carriage house, where a Crosley will be parked on permanent display. The building will also include offices for the estate management and Crosley Foundation, upstairs bedrooms for visiting actors and a costumes and props room.
Our CCOC contributed to the project with suggestions including the concept of a permanent Crosley display.