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The Mediterranean Revival style of architecture was developed as an architectural theme in several Florida cities during the Florida "Land Boom" of the 1920 s. This style had a tropical, foreign cachet that fascinated northern visitors. The Northern Italian Renaissance style of architecture prevalent in the City of Venice during 1926 to 1929 was developed by City Planner John Nolen as his interpretation of the Mediterranean Revival style. To protect the adopted architectural style, boundaries for the Historic and Venetian Theme Districts were  established and the Architectural Review Board was formed.

The Architectural Guidelines Handbook and Appendices are used to help protect and enhance the architectural character of Venice by promoting awareness of the Northern Italian Renaissance architectural style, maintaining the architectural integrity, and ensuring that new buildings are compatible with the visual character of Venice.

Staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The customer service counter is located at the Building Department at City Hall, 401 W. Venice Avenue.



  • What do I need to submit for review by the Architectural Review Board?
  • If my property is located within an Historic or Venetian Themed district, what type of improvement will require a Certificate of Architectural Compliance?
  • How do I know if my property is located in an Historic or Venetian themed district?
  • What does the Architectural Review Board oversee?
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Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.