when Raymond L. Lutgert purchased an undeveloped parcel of
land in Naples, Florida, he alone envisioned the potential
of the 760 acres bordered on the west by a mile and a
quarter of pristine Gulf beach and on the east by U.S.
Highway 41, the primary north-south route through Southwest
Florida. During the next four years, Lutgert would lead a
team of architects, engineers and land planners in the
creation of a landmark plan, establishing not only the first
planned unit development district in Collier County but also
one of the first in the State of Florida.
singular plan for the Gulf-front section of Park Shore
created Venetian Bay, a navigable body of water separating
the mainland portion of Park Shore from the Gulf-front
community. (Click on photo at right to view larger image.) A serpentine design was established that artfully
arranges 29 land parcels amidst five beachside parks, four
open-space commons, and a meandering beach promenade. Also
designed was a natural dune system that has established a
prestigious community of home sites and pioneered
underground utility and storm water systems in Naples. The
result of these collective creations was a masterwork in its
environmental aspects. The Park Shore plan, both in concept
and in application, was, in fact so sound that it served as
a model for future development.
From 1970 to
1983, the Lutgert Companies began to build what we know
today as Park Shore. Their first Florida condominium was
Colony Gardens, a unique combination of mid-rise apartments
and town homes with private docks on the bay. One year
later, the company would introduce Horizon House, the first
indicator of what would become the Lutgert Companies'
trademark. Horizon House was the tallest and most luxurious
building of its time.
In 1976, the
final phase of the Venetian Villas was completed. Easily the
most sketched, painted and photographed buildings in Naples,
Venetian Villas was created by Raymond L. Lutgert as a
tribute to the Mediterranean-styled architecture.
Representing a significant architectural and permitting
achievement, each of the villas is actually built over the
water. Venetian Villas creates an incomparable Venetian
ambiance not only for its residents, but also for all
Esplanade Club was built in 1980 on an extraordinary 4-1/2
acre beachfront site. It was planned to offer unsurpassed
views of the Gulf of Mexico from every residence.
Esplanade Club comprises 121 units on 18 residential floors,
with seven units per floor. The residences range from 1,600
to over 2,600 square feet of living area.
In 1988, one
of the most unique and exquisite shopping areas opened to
much acclaim. Heralded for its creative design, a gorgeous
waterfront setting and successful retail shops, The Village
on Venetian Bay reflects a classic Mediterranean theme with
meandering terra cotta walkways, quaint courtyards,
Venetian-style facades and a relaxed bayside ambiance.
Initially opening in 1988 with 40 exclusive specialty shops,
restaurants and galleries, The Village experience was
enhanced in 1990 with the introduction of a successful
second phase including 20 handpicked fashion boutiques,
galleries, and waterfront restaurants. Today, The Venetian
Village brings a true European feel to a city that rivals
its sister in Italy. If you are looking for a truly unique
shopping experience in a setting that is like no other,
visit The Village on Venetian Bay and see for yourself what
true elegance is about.
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