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The Banyan House circa 1926

History of Banyan House

The Banyan House was built in 1926 for Robert & Dorothy Marvin. Mr. Marvin was an engineer who managed Venice Real Estate Company for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) that started Venice. The Marvins were friends of Thomas Edison and in 1928 Mr. Edison gave them the Banyan Tree.

After the 1929 market crash the house was vacant until Virginia Greenway Wilson purchased it in 1935. She rented rooms and in 1936 she started using the name Banyan House. She was a school teacher and ran a nursery school called "Venice Country Day School".

The house had the original swimming pool from 1926 and for a long time the only pool in Venice - her students learned to swim in it. During World War 11 she rented rooms to servicemen stationed at Venice Army Air Force Base which is now Venice Municipal Airport.

In 1960 Margaret Thomas purchased the house from Mrs. Wilson and established a shark's tooth and fossil museum in the downstairs of the house. Mrs. Thomas wrote books on fossils that are still sold in town on Venice Ave.

Chuck & Susan bought the home in 1986 and it has undergone a lot of restoration. In December 1989 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the Venezia Park Historic District.






Banyan House
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519 South Harbor Drive
Venice, Florida 34285
(941) 484-1385
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